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    solving as a product of two factors

    i have been given this equation to solve as the product of two factors

    5x^3 - 10xy^2

    I have been struggling with this equation i cant seem to get it right , can some one explains how the hell to do this please?

    Thanks in advance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucy1 View Post
    i have been given this equation to solve as the product of two factors

    5x^3 - 10xy^2

    I have been struggling with this equation i cant seem to get it right , can some one explains how the hell to do this please?

    Thanks in advance.
    Factors of a number are two things that multiply to give that number.

    So if we pull out 5x from the above, we get;

    (5x)(x^2-2y^2)

    Where 5x and x^2-2y^2 are both factors of 5x^3 - 10xy^2.

    5x^3 - 10xy^2=(5x)(x^2-2y^2)

    Does this make sense?
    Last edited by Kasper; July 21st 2009 at 04:36 PM.
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