# Thread: Basic College Algebra (Factoring + Polynomial Operations)

1. ## Basic College Algebra (Factoring + Polynomial Operations)

Cause I'm not sure of my answers

2. Post your answers and we'll tell you if you're right/wrong and where.

3. (#s 5,8,9 are factoring)
5. i'm stuck at completing the square, dunno what to add to 20x2y2 to make it a perfect square trinomial and then a difference of two squares.
8. totally lost on this one.
9. does this end up being [(xy -3x -y -3) (x2y2 -6x2y +9x2 +2xy2-18x +y2 +6y +9)]?

4. For number 5, see that
$(3x^2+4y^2)^2=9x^2+24x^2y^2+16y^2
$

Hence
$9x^4+20x^2y^2+16y^4=(3x^2+4y^2)^2-4x^2y^2$

5. Thanks!

6. Originally Posted by iraisavampire
(#s 5,8,9 are factoring)
5. i'm stuck at completing the square, dunno what to add to 20x2y2 to make it a perfect square trinomial and then a difference of two squares.
8. totally lost on this one.
9. does this end up being [(xy -3x -y -3) (x2y2 -6x2y +9x2 +2xy2-18x +y2 +6y +9)]?
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I will do #8 and #9 before closing the thread:

8) The first three terms have a common factor and then can be factorised as a perfect square. Therefore you have $4(a + b)^2 + 8(a + b) + 3$.

Now let $x = (a + b)$, factorise $4x^2 + 8x + 3$ and then substitute back that $x = (a + b)$.

9) You have $x^3 (y^3 - 27) - (y^3 - 27) = (x^3 - 1)(y^3 - 27)$. Now factorise each of these (they are differences of perfect cubes).

Thread closed (pm me if you need more help on 8) and 9). Be sure to say exactly where you're stuck).