# Thread: Factoring Special Products, Kinda wired.

1. ## Factoring Special Products, Kinda wired.

I have a BIG question on, how do this site want this answer put in?

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I was trying on this problem ^^, Really don't see the way they want this put into the answer.

Right now i'm at a 58%, i need 80%.

2. Originally Posted by Kenlen83
I have a BIG question on, how do this site want this answer put in?
Huh? Are you having trouble with the Web site itself, or with the factoring? Why don't you post your work so that we can check it?

3. Originally Posted by Reckoner
Huh? Are you having trouble with the Web site itself, or with the factoring? Why don't you post your work so that we can check it?
I'm having trouble how they want the answer put in/Factoring too i guess.

4. Originally Posted by Kenlen83
I'm having trouble how they want the answer put in.
Okay, now that I have looked at it, it does seem a bit puzzling.

I do not see how you could fit the full answer into only 22 characters. You could put it in as

$\displaystyle (x-y)(x+y)(y^4+x^2y^2+x^4),$

but then you would not be following the instructions to factor completely. Perhaps this you should take up with your instructor?

For the second one, you should be able to fit the full answer (though with one space left over; I am not sure if that is a problem).

Edit: By the way, that system seems needlessly inconvenient and cumbersome. I would complain.

5. Originally Posted by Reckoner
Okay, now that I have looked at it, it does seem a bit puzzling.

I do not see how you could fit the full answer into only 22 characters. You could put it in as

$\displaystyle (x-y)(x+y)(y^4+x^2y^2+x^4),$

but then you would not be following the instructions to factor completely. Perhaps this you should take up with your instructor?

For the second one, you should be able to fit the full answer (though with one space left over; I am not sure if that is a problem).

Edit: By the way, that system seems needlessly inconvenient and cumbersome. I would complain.
That way seem to work, i when up 10 points. 68% now.

Can you check one thing for me... I know i got this answer right, but it seem i have my sign wrong.

Question: X^3 + 1/8

Answer: (x + 1/2)(x^2 - 1/4 + X 1/2)

6. Originally Posted by Kenlen83
That way seem to work, i when up 10 points. 68% now.
That does not sit well with me. The problem says to factor completely, but the "correct" answer can be factored further into

$\displaystyle (x-y)(x+y)(x^2-xy+y^2)(x^2+xy+y^2).$

Again, I would take this up with the instructor.

Question: X^3 + 1/8

Answer: (x + 1/2)(x^2 - 1/4 + X 1/2)
You have your signs backwards. If you check by multiplying it out, you can see that the answer is incorrect.