Factor the polynomial: (x+a){x^2-ax/x}, my answer is x^2-a^2, is this right, thanks so much for checking for me.
Hello, kwtolley!
Please check the exact wording of the problem.
The way it's given, it's completely wrong!
"Factor"? . . . But it's already factored!Factor the polynomial: $\displaystyle \frac{(x+a)(x^2-ax)}{x}$
"Polynomial"? . . . We have the product and quotient of three polynomials!
Other than that, the problem is fine . . . it should have said:
. . Simplify: . $\displaystyle \frac{(x + a)(x^2 - ax)}{x}$
Factor and reduce: .$\displaystyle \frac{(x+a)\!\!\not{x}(x - a)}{\not{x}} \:=\:\frac{(x + a)(x-a)}{1} \:=\:x^2-a^2$