Thread: College Factoring Simple yes or no will help alot!

1. College Factoring Simple yes or no will help alot!

Hey guys and Gals.

I have two factoring problems here and they don't seem to be factor-able. I might be wrong. A simple yes or no will do just fine. ^_^

1. $4x^2+20x+25-y^2$

2. $36x^2+12xy+y^2-16w^2$

2. Originally Posted by cpuboye11
Hey guys and Gals.

I have two factoring problems here and they don't seem to be factor-able. I might be wrong. A simple yes or no will do just fine. ^_^

1. $4x^2+20x+25-y^2$

2. $36x^2+12xy+y^2-16w^2$

yes both are factorable

1. $(2x+y+5)(2x-y+5)$

2 $(6x+y-4w)(6x+y+4w)$

3. Originally Posted by 11rdc11
yes both are factorable

1. $(2x+y+5)(2x-y+5)$

2 $(6x+y-4w)(6x+y+4w)$

hey thanks a lot. I didn't need you to do that !!

4. Originally Posted by 11rdc11
yes both are factorable

1. $(2x+y+5)(2x-y+5)$

2 $(6x+y-4w)(6x+y+4w)$
may I ask how you did the second one?

5. Originally Posted by cpuboye11
Hey guys and Gals.

I have two factoring problems here and they don't seem to be factor-able. I might be wrong. A simple yes or no will do just fine. ^_^

1. $4x^2+20x+25-y^2$
$4x^2+ 20x+ 25$ is a "perfect square"- it is $(2x+ 5)^2$.
So $4x^2+ 20x+ 25- y^2$ is a "difference of squares"- it is $(2x+5)^2- y^2$ and so can be factored as a "sum and difference": $(2x+ 5+ y)(2x+ 5- y)$

2. $36x^2+12xy+y^2-16w^2$
Same idea: $(6x+ y)^2- 16w^2= (6x+y- 4w)(6x+y+ 4w)$