Thanks again Jhevon I factored out the three, and used the formula I know, which is (a^3-b^3) = (a-b)(a^2+ab+b^2).
I ended up with 3(x+2w-pr)(x^2-prx-2prw+p^2r^2). However, the answer should, according to the text, be 3(x+2x-pr)(x^2 + 4xw + 4w^2 + prx + prw + p^2r^2).
This textbook is notorious for having mistakes in the answers, but it can't be that off, so I must have made a mistake with the formula somewhere, but I can't spot it. Can anyone point out my error? Thanks in advance!
I see my mistake. I conveniently squared only the x of (x+2w), and forgot the 2w existed. Stupid errors like that are why taking accelerated calculus after no math for six months is dangerous And as sad as it is, Dan, those errors in the book's equation were not typos, but from the book straight-on. This book has so many errors that having the answers can be more of a hindrance than a help. It makes getting the right answer a fun game of telephone tag for people in my math class
Anyways, thanks again for the help, both of you!