If it's not equal to anything, then there is nothing to solve. Perhaps you are being asked to expand the expression. In this case you just need to do some multiplication using the distributive property several times.
for the 3(x^2 - 2)^2 = 3(x^2 - 2) (x^2 - 2) would be 3(x^4 - 4x^2 - 4) then distributed would be 3x^4 -12^2 - 12 but if I collect like terms, I do NOT come up with the correct answer. I must not be applying a correct rule.
for the 3(x^2 - 2)^2 = 3(x^2 - 2) (x^2 - 2) would be 3(x^4 - 4x^2 - 4) then distributed would be 3x^4 -12^2 - 12 but if I collect like terms, I do NOT come up with the correct answer. I must not be applying a correct rule.
Leave the 3 out for now. It just makes the coefficients ugly. Okay, so you've got and . Now you need to do
Ahhh I see. The 3 is the last thing to multiply out. Thx topsquark, Dr Steve, and pickslides. I need to stay closer to rules and laws and maybe technique.