Thread: Multiply two parentheses with another term

1. Multiply two parentheses with another term

My problem is that i don't know how to multiply parentheses such as
(x-4)(x+2)(4/2) or (6/5)(5)(w-3). Is there any specific rule regarding this?

2. A rule of thumb is that every term in a paraenthesis should be multiplied with every term in another.

For ex $(x-2)(x-3)$

Begin with the x in the first parenthesis, multiply this with the x in the second paraenthesis then the -3. Then do the same thing for the -2 in the first.

$(x-2)(x-3) = x^2 -3x -2x +6$

3. Originally Posted by strunz
My problem is that i don't know how to multiply parentheses such as
(x-4)(x+2)(4/2) or (6/5)(5)(w-3). Is there any specific rule regarding this?
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I will do one for you

(x+4)(x+2)(4/2)

(4/2)= (2)

(x+4)(x+2)(2)

(x+4) ( (2)x +(2)(2) )

(x+4)(2x +4)

(x(2x+4) + 4(2x+4) )

((x*2x + x*4) + (4*2x + 4*4))

(2x^2 + 4x + 8x +16)

(2x^2 + 12x + 16)

Now try and tell me the answer of second.