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    Factorising .

    Factorise each of the following below .

    (1) \frac{8!}{4!5!}+\frac{7!}{3!2!}

    i got 2*7(31) but not sure whether it's correct .

    (2) \frac{10!}{7!3!}-\frac{8!}{5!4!}+\frac{7!}{3!2!}
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    Hello,
    Quote Originally Posted by thereddevils View Post
    Factorise each of the following below .

    (1) \frac{8!}{4!5!}+\frac{7!}{3!2!}

    i got 2*7(31) but not sure whether it's correct .
    Your answer is correct. But I'm not sure this is what you are asked to do, since you have to factorise these.

    Note that 8!=8 \cdot 7!, 4!=4 \cdot 3!, 5!=5 \cdot 4 \cdot 3 \cdot 2!

    So \frac{8!}{4!5!}=\frac{7!}{3!2!} \cdot \frac{8}{4 \cdot 5 \cdot 4 \cdot 3}

    Hence \frac{8!}{4!5!}+\frac{7!}{3!2!}=\frac{7!}{3!2!} \left(\frac{2}{5 \cdot 4 \cdot 3}+1\right)=\frac{7!}{3!2!} \left(\frac{1}{30}+1\right)

    (2) \frac{10!}{7!3!}-\frac{8!}{5!4!}+\frac{7!}{3!2!}
    Same here, 10!=10x9x8x7!, 7!=7x6x5x4x3!, 3!=3x2!, .........
    Factor out \frac{7!}{3!2!}
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    Hello, thereddevils!

    Factorise each of the following below.
    Strange instructions . . .

    If they truly want them factored, we would simply
    . . factor out the greatest common factor ... and stop!

    If they wanted them evaluated, they should have said so.



    (1)\;\;\frac{8!}{4!5!}+\frac{7!}{3!2!}

    i got 2*7(31) but not sure whether it's correct.
    I'd like to see how you got that answer by factoring.


    I would factor it like this: . \frac{7!}{3!\,2!}\bigg[\frac{8}{4(5\!\cdot\!4\!\cdot\!3)} + 1\bigg]

    . . or maybe: . \frac{7!}{4!\,5!}\bigg[8 + 4(5\!\cdot\!4\!\cdot\!3)\bigg]




    (2)\;\;\frac{10!}{7!3!}-\frac{8!}{5!4!}+\frac{7!}{3!2!}

    \frac{7!}{3!\,2!}\bigg[\frac{10\!\cdot\!9\!\cdot\!8}{(7\!\cdot\!6\!\cdot\  !5\!\cdot\!4)(3)} - \frac{8}{(5\!\cdot\!4)(4\!\cdot\!3)} + 1 \bigg]


    . . or: . \frac{7!}{7!\,3!}\bigg[10\!\cdot\!9\!\cdot\!8 - 8(7\!\cdot\!6)(4) + (7\!\cdot\!6\!\cdot\!5\!\cdot\!4)(3)\bigg]



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