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    Simplifying Equations

    I need help with simplifying these two equations:

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


    (ab^2)+2ab-(3ab^2)-ab
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    Quote Originally Posted by tmac11522 View Post
    I need help with simplifying these two equations:

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


    (ab^2)+2ab-(3ab^2)-ab
    ab^2 + a^2b + a^2b^2.

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

    So you can take it out as a common factor.

    So ab^2 + a^2b + a^2b^2 = ab(b + a + ab).



    ab^2+2ab-3ab^2-ab

    Collect the like terms.

    So ab^2 + 2ab - 3ab^2 - ab = ab - 2ab^2.

    Now take out ab as a common factor.

    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...
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