1. ## Factorising

does anybody know how this came from?

thank you

2. ## Re: Factorising

They use the fact that 5! = 5* 4! and 4!= 4*3! to change 8!/(4!*4!) into 8!/(4!*(4*3!)) and 8!/(5!*3!) into 8!/((5*4!)*3!) to get 4!3! in the denominator of both quantities then factorise 8!/(4!3!)

3. ## Re: Factorising

for multiplicatin instead of (×), ( . ) is used
8!/4!.4! + 8!/5!.3!
= 8!/4!.4! + 8!/4!.5.3!
= 8!/4![1/4! + 1/5.3!]
= 8!/4![1/3!.4 + 1/5.3!]
= 8!/4!.3![1/4 + 1/5]
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4. ## Re: Factorising

Originally Posted by pspss
for multiplicatin instead of (×), ( . ) is used
8!/4!.4! + 8!/5!.3!
= 8!/4!.4! + 8!/4!.5.3!
= 8!/4![1/4! + 1/5.3!]
= 8!/4![1/3!.4 + 1/5.3!]
= 8!/4!.3![1/4 + 1/5]
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Actually, a (.) is used as a decimal point, it's actually a centred dot, \displaystyle \displaystyle \begin{align*} \cdot \end{align*} which is used for multiplication. Though a \displaystyle \displaystyle \begin{align*} \times \end{align*} is also acceptable as long as it doesn't get mixed up with any \displaystyle \displaystyle \begin{align*} x \end{align*} variables.

5. ## Re: Factorising

Originally Posted by cxz7410123
does anybody know how this came from?

thank you
The solution has already been given, but I thought I'd rewrite it a bit:
$\displaystyle \frac{8!}{4! \cdot 4!} + \frac{8!}{5! \cdot 3!} = \frac{8!}{4! \cdot 3!} \left ( \frac{1}{1 \cdot 4} + \frac{1}{5 \cdot 1} \right )$

We have a forum that deals with how to write expressions. It's the LaTeX Help forum. It's pretty easy to learn the basics.

-Dan