Hi,
I have an expression that I need to simplify:
I know how to simplify this algebraically using the FOIL method. I did it and I have the answer, but I'm really hoping there might be a different way to do it. Is there an easier way to simplify long algebraic expressions like this, especially given that i is a factor in each part?
No, it wouldn't. Since you have only one i, it can be multiplied into only one term you could write it as
(i-ni)(1- m)(1- y)(1- x) or
(1- n)(i- mi)(1- y)(1- x) or
(1- n)(1- m)(i- yi)(1- x) or
(1- n)(1- m)(1- y)(i- xi).
And wouldn't that have a different value than the original expression? Please correct me if I'm missing something. Thanks.