# Tagged Questions

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### Can I evaluate polynomials with prime numbers to find possible irreductible factors?

Let $p(x,y)$, $c(x,y)$ and $d(x,y)$ be two variable polynomials with integer coefficients which satisfy $p(x,y)=c(x,y)\cdot d(x,y)$. Given $m, n$ positive prime numbers and given $e(x,y)$ another ...
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### Factor Cyclic Polynomial

Factor $(a+b)(b+c)(c+a)+abc$. I know this is a cyclic polynomial, but I don't know how to solve problems like this. What should I do?
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### Factor $3x^2-11xy+6y^2-xz-4yz-2z^2$

This problem is from my Math Challenge II Algebra class, and it's really confusing. How can you factor something like this? Here's the question again: Factor $3x^2-11xy+6y^2-xz-4yz-2z^2$.
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### Find the value of $\frac{S_{5}S_{2}}{S_{7}}$

If $a$, $b$, $c$ $\in \mathbb R$, we define $S_{k}=\frac{a^k+b^k+c^k}{k}$ (where $k$ is a non-negative integer). Given that $S_{1}=0$, find the value of $$\frac{S_{5}S_{2}}{S_{7}}$$ I tried: ...
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### give a complete factored form of the polynomial $-6a^5+48a^4+12a$

Give a complete factored form of the polynomial $-6a^5+48a^4+12a$ I have tried solving this equation and I just cant figure it out. Help me, and give me the answer.
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### Factoring when differentiating expressions

I'm having trouble with differentiating a expression. I do it one way, wolfram alpha does it another. Let me show you what I mean. The original expression is this: $$\frac{1}{2u^3}$$ I start by ...
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### How can I factor $x^2 + 2\sqrt{3}\,x + 3$? [closed]

$$x^2 + 2\sqrt{3}\,x + 3$$ Anyone could tell me how may I factor this? Thanks a lot
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### Factoring $2x^5+13x^4+50x^3+82x^2+56x+13$

Express $2x^5+13x^4+50x^3+82x^2+56x+13$ as a product of five linear factors. The roots of the polynomial may be real or complex. I had to employ the technique of synthetic division iteratively. ...
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### Algebra (not so simple) Factoring

I got stuck on this problem from my Math Challenge II Algebra Class: Factorize the following: $$(x^2+xy+y^2)^2-4xy(x^2+y^2)$$ Hint: Let $u=x+y$ and $v=xy$. Here's what I did: ...
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### Expanding Square Roots, Why No Negative?

I haven't thought through algebra in a while and the last explanation I received of this seemed arbitrary. I hope I can get some clarification here. I understand that $\sqrt{+a} = \pm b$. Here's ...
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### $\gcd(f,f')=1$ Does this imply that f has not multiply irreducible factors in $\mathbb{C}[x]$?

I want to find out if this affermation is true: let $f\in \mathbb{Q}[x]$ such that $\gcd(f,f')=1$ Does this imply that f has not multiply irreducible factors in $\mathbb{C}[x]$? (We know that it has ...
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### Cubic factoring question

I'm trying to figure out how a colleague factored an expression. I don't get how: $$a^3+a^2b-(b+1)=(a-1)[a^2+a(b+1)+(b+1)]$$ Multiplying the result I see it's true, but not sure how he got there..is ...
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### Factoring and Simplifying

I'm trying to do this problem, $$(4x + 1)^{15}\cdot\frac{1}{3}(12x - 5)^{-\frac{2}{3}}\cdot 12 + (12x - 5)^{\frac{1}{3}}\cdot15(4x + 1)^{14}\cdot 4$$ I've gotten down to, ...
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### Basic Algebraic Manipulation

How would I solve for $X$ in this instance? I can't figure out how to get the $X$ variables by themselves and the known values on the other side by themselves. $2(4-X)(4-X)+X = 3$
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### Factor this equation [closed]

Can someone factor this for me? $(x^{\frac{n}3}-a^{\frac{n}3})$ I am stuck on it. Let n be any natural number.
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### Is this factorization true for all $n$ in the natural numbers

I need to know if $x-a=(x^{\frac{n}3}-a^{\frac{n}3})(x^{\frac{n+1}3}+a^{\frac{n}3} x^{\frac{n}3}+a^{\frac{n+1}3})$ Is true. I know its true for $n=1$, is it true for all natural numbers though?
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### What is the solution? Factoring and computing the equation.

If you will be gracious enough to answer, the equation is currently: $$10^x + 15^{x-1}= 20,$$ What is the value of $2x^2$? Please list all steps, if you don't mind. To follow up, what is the name of ...
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### Factorization of a degree three polynomial

So I was doing some Vector Calculus homework and was working with Lagrange Multipliers, but then I came across a polynomial that I either forgot how to factor or never learned. I plugged it into ...
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### Factorise: $a^4-b^4+c^4-d^4-2(a^2c^2-b^2d^2)+4ac(b^2+d^2)-4bd(a^2+c^2)$

Factorise: $a^4-b^4+c^4-d^4-2(a^2c^2-b^2d^2)+4ac(b^2+d^2)-4bd(a^2+c^2)$. My working: $(a^4-2a^2c^2+c^4)-(b^4-2b^2d^2+d^4)+4ac(b^2+d^2)-4bd(a^2+c^2)$ ...
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### Solve $t^4+4 t^3+6 t^2+4 t-32 t^{1/4}+1 = -16$

I'm trying to solve the following equation: $$(t+1)^4 - 32 t^{\frac{1}{4}}=-16$$ where t $\geq 0$, which is equivalent to $$t^4+4 t^3+6 t^2+4 t-32 t^{\frac{1}{4}}+1 = -16$$ Wolfram Alpha tells that ...
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### What is the line of thinking to get $[(n^2+3n+1)^2-5n(n+1)^2]$ from $(n^4+n^3+n^2+n+1)$?

There is this one little tiny step along the working that I don't quite understand, but I think it is better if I write the whole problem and solution for clarity. Problem: Factorise $5^{1995}-1$ ...
Given an arbitrary polynomial: $$a_0 + a_1x + a_2x^2 ... a_nx^n$$ Does there exist a series of substitutions (or single substitution if you choose to combine them) that leaves this function in the ...