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**Ingersoll** Thanks but we haven't been introduced to the word "quadratic" yet. We're supposed to be doing this problem in a long division format, which I get. I also believe that I get that the method you're showing me is more efficient but I have a test tomorrow and I have to go with what I know. Obviously I'm not exactly breaking boundaries in the world of mathematics so I need a really basic answer as to when and why I change the signs from negative to positive and vice versa to get the needed answer. I do not mean to sound unappreciative; quite the contrary. Thank you.