# Homework Help

• Sep 30th 2007, 01:26 PM
andy011789
Homework Help
What does 5(x)^2y(3x+2y)+15xy(3x+2y)(x-3y) factor out to?
• Sep 30th 2007, 01:29 PM
Jhevon
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Originally Posted by andy011789
What does 5(x)^2y(3x+2y)+15xy(3x+2y)(x-3y) factor out to?

what are the common terms you see here? pull them out, what do you get?
• Sep 30th 2007, 01:35 PM
andy011789
Common Terms
The common terms I see are the (3x+2y) which would leave (3x+2y)[(5x^2y+15xy(x-3y)], but I am not sure where to go from there. But then I also see there is 5xy, I am not sure what to do with it or where to put it. Unless I leave it how it is, but I don't think it is completely factored
• Sep 30th 2007, 01:40 PM
Jhevon
Quote:

Originally Posted by andy011789
The common terms I see are the (3x+2y) which would leave (3x+2y)[(5x^2y+15xy(x-3y)], but I am not sure where to go from there. But then I also see there is 5xy, I am not sure what to do with it or where to put it. Unless I leave it how it is, but I don't think it is completely factored

ok, so we see that 5xy is common also then. so pull that out. we get:

$5xy(3x + 2y) \left[x + 3(x - 3y) \right]$

what else can we do here?
• Sep 30th 2007, 01:45 PM
andy011789
well there is still an x in each term in the brackets, so I would imagine we should take it out. but I am still not entirely sure what to do after that or if removing the x is valid. Which would leave x(5xy)(3x+2y)[3-3y]
• Sep 30th 2007, 01:46 PM
Soroban
Hello, Andy!

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Factor: . $5x^2y(3x+2y)+15xy(3x+2y)(x-3y)$

We have: . $5x^2y{\color{blue}(3x+2y)} + 15xy{\color{blue}(3x+2y)}(x-3y)$

The most obvious feature is the common factor $(3x + 2y)$

. . Factor it out: . $(3x+2y)\left[{\color{blue}5x^2y} + {\color{blue}15xy}(x - 3y)\right]$

We see that both terms contain $5xy$

. . Factor it out: . $(3x + 2y)\cdot5xy[x + 3(x - 3y)] \;=\;(3x+2y)\cdot5xy[x + 3x - 9y]$

Final answer: . $5xy(3x+2y)(4x - 9y)$

• Sep 30th 2007, 01:56 PM
andy011789
Thanks, that really helped seeing all the steps and following through with it. By chance is there anywhere on here to post homework with answers to see if its correct? I just wanna make sure I am doing everything right, because if I don't remember everything now. I am going to run into a whole lot of problems later with factoring.