hi, i need to expand these brackets Attachment 14875, i know the answer will be 20 but i need to know what Attachment 14876=

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- January 18th 2010, 09:19 AMandyboy179multiplication
hi, i need to expand these brackets Attachment 14875, i know the answer will be 20 but i need to know what Attachment 14876=

- January 18th 2010, 09:22 AMbigwave
- January 18th 2010, 09:43 AMandyboy179
at school we are told to work it out like this, (the blank spaces are the ones i don't know) Attachment 14878

- January 18th 2010, 09:44 AMWilmer
RULE: (x + y)(x - y) = x^2 - y^2

By the way, that's not "expanding brackets": it's a multiplication. - January 18th 2010, 09:48 AMWilmer
- January 18th 2010, 09:54 AMandyboy179
- January 18th 2010, 02:24 PMWilmer
- January 18th 2010, 02:31 PMVonNemo19
The method that you use in school, although correct, is not the method used by most (and when I say most-I mean almost all) institutions. A really good explaination of how these problems are done can be found here.

algebra.help -- Simplifying using the FOIL Method

BTW: Your method is not an "expansion" in the normal sense of the word, as someone has already mentioned. THe term expansion implies that there will be more terms after the mutiplication is complete (in most cases). And that thes terms may have likenesses.