Is this expression factored completely? $\displaystyle (2a^{2} - ab)(4a^{4} + 2a^{3}b + a^{2}b^{2})$
Last edited by absvalue; Sep 7th 2009 at 04:19 PM.
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Originally Posted by absvalue Is this expression factored completely? $\displaystyle (2a^{2} - ab)(4a^{4} + 2a^{3}b + a^{2}b^{2})$ not quite, those terms in ( ... ) still have common factor(s) $\displaystyle a(2a-b) \cdot a^2(4a^2 + 2ab + b^2)$ finish ...
Thanks. So the expression wasn't factored completely because the common factor $\displaystyle a$ was in the first term, and the common factor $\displaystyle a^{2}$ was in the second?
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