Apologises in advance if i'm being a bit thick, or this has been answered before, my searches on this forum and google were unsuccessful.
My problem is that I'm trying to find the rule for expanding brackets which contain multiplied variables. I've found hundreds of examples with addition and subtraction, but no multiplication...which I thought was a bit odd.
Examplea*b)(x*y)
How would this be expanded to remove the brackets? I have a feeling theres a few conditions such as like bases. My specific problem involves terms that are constants raised to a variable power (plus or minus a constant).
Many, many thanks in advance!
Thanks!
However I see I'm missing out crucial info in my example. I'll use the same example that i'm stuck on, it's more complicated than the original question but multiplication of different bases inside two brackets was where i stumbled:
I can't seem to see the steps/rules involved in getting from the first equation to the second.
Thanks!! That's a massive help. My course book doesn't seem to cover the technique of factoring like that, so that's helped me crack this problem. I find the hardest thing in my math learning is finding the info for something I know the question/problem to, Google tends to turn up random hits for most words I try.