# Expanding/Factoring Q. 2

• January 17th 2006, 02:09 PM
Constance
Expanding/Factoring Q. 2
Sorry, yet another one.

Is it possible to find the unknown value in the following expression. Explain

(a+3)(a+__)=a²+10a+6

Thank you again.
• January 17th 2006, 02:35 PM
ThePerfectHacker
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Originally Posted by Constance
Sorry, yet another one.

Is it possible to find the unknown value in the following expression. Explain

(a+3)(a+__)=a²+10a+6

Thank you again.

No, assume $a=-3$ then the left hand side is 0 because $a+3=0$ regardless of what the missing number is it will still have to be zero. Yet, the right side would not.
Q.E.D.