Hello, it's me again with my factoring problems....
Problem 122. Factor:
My attempt: Only thing I was able to do is to expand
Also, please explain the solution step by step.
Thanks in advance.
a^3+b^3+〖3b〗^2 c+〖3bc〗^2+c^3=(a+b+c)(a^2-ab-ac+b^2+2bc+c^2 )
a^3+b^3+c^3=(a+b+c)(a^2-ab-ac+b^2+2bc+c^2 )-〖3b〗^2 c-〖3bc〗^2
a^3+b^3+c^3-3abc=(a+b+c)(a^2-ab-ac+b^2+2bc+c^2 )-〖3b〗^2 c-〖3bc〗^2-3abc
This is one method of getting that hope you understand...
on thing to notice about is that it is symmetric in a,b and c: switch any two of a,b, and c and you still get the same thing.
so if it factors, it will factor as two symmetric expressions, one involving just a single term at a time, and one involving two terms at a time.
but the only symmetric expression in a,b,c involving just a single term at a time is: a+b+c, or some multiple thereof. so let's divide by a+b+c,
considering it as a polynomial in a.
obviously the first term of the quotient is going to be , so we get:
. subtracting that from gives us:
. the term's coefficient is , so we take:
, and subtract THAT from our previous remainder:
now the coefficient of a is , so we take:
as this is equal to our last remainder, we have:
or, re-arranging a little: