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    No idea how to do this

    (x - y)^2 + 13(x - y) + 42

    Please someone help me or something. I have no idea how to do this at all.
    Like what do I do when its (x - y)^2?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lax600 View Post
    (x - y)^2 + 13(x - y) + 42

    Please someone help me or something. I have no idea how to do this at all.
    Like what do I do when its (x - y)^2?
    I'm guessing you want to expand this.

    (x - y)^2 = x^2 - 2xy + y^2, for starters.
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    I need to factor it... so I still expand it?
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    (x - y)^2 + 13(x - y) + 42 is about as factored as it gets. One thing you can do:

    (x - y + 13)(x - y) + 42
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    I just asked my dad how to do this and he replys:

    (x - y)^2 - 13(x - y) + 42

    if  (x - y)^2 - 14(x - y) + 49

    (x - y)^2 - 2*7*(x - y) + 7^2

    a = (x - y)^2
    b = 7

    (x - y)^2 - 13(x - y) + 42<br />
= [(x - y)^2 - 14(x - y) + 49]<br />
={[(x - y) - 7]^2 + [(x - y) - 7]}
    =(x - y -7){x - y - 7}<br />
=(x - y - 7)(x - y - 6)
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    Quote Originally Posted by lax600 View Post
    I just asked my dad how to do this and he replys:

    (x - y)^2 - 13(x - y) + 42

    if  (x - y)^2 - 14(x - y) + 49

    (x - y)^2 - 2*7*(x - y) + 7^2

    a = (x - y)^2
    b = 7

    (x - y)^2 - 13(x - y) + 42<br />
= [(x - y)^2 - 14(x - y) + 49]<br />
={[(x - y) - 7]^2 + [(x - y) - 7]}
    =(x - y -7){x - y - 7}<br />
=(x - y - 7)(x - y - 6)
    yeah, that's right. Just substitute t = x-y and you have t^2 - 13t + 42 which easily factors to (t - 6)(t - 7). I should have been thinking along those lines.
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    oh
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