1. ## Simplifying Equations

I need help with simplifying these two equations:

(ab^2)+(a^2b)+(a^2b^2)

(ab^2)+2ab-(3ab^2)-ab

2. Originally Posted by tmac11522
I need help with simplifying these two equations:

(ab^2)+(a^2b)+(a^2b^2)

(ab^2)+2ab-(3ab^2)-ab
$\displaystyle ab^2 + a^2b + a^2b^2$.

Can you see that each term has $\displaystyle ab$ as a factor.

So you can take it out as a common factor.

So $\displaystyle ab^2 + a^2b + a^2b^2 = ab(b + a + ab)$.

$\displaystyle ab^2+2ab-3ab^2-ab$

Collect the like terms.

So $\displaystyle ab^2 + 2ab - 3ab^2 - ab = ab - 2ab^2$.

Now take out $\displaystyle ab$ as a common factor.

$\displaystyle ab - 2ab^2 = ab(1 - 2b)$.

Btw neither of the questions you posted were actually equations. They were expressions. You only have an equation when there is an equals sign...