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Factoring the sum or difference of two cubes

I'm learning about sums and differences of cubes and I can't understand it very well. I am faced with this problem: $$x^3 - 27$$ I am told to find the sum or difference of the two cubes. I ...
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How to factor the quadratic $6x^2-16x=0$? [on hold]

How to factor the quadratic $6x^2-16x=0$ ? I need help solving this. I am aware of how to solve this when it is a polynomial, but I do not know how to solve with only two terms?
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Help With Factoring Trinomials [on hold]

$8x^2+16x-64$ factored completely? I have tried several times and could never get the answer. Could I please get some help?
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Factor complex equation

Im having some difficulty in factoring the following complex equation. The image bellow is taken from WolframAlpha, can anyone explain how I can factor this equation. In the task I am told one ...
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Factoring the Cubic Equation $2x^3 + x^2 + kx + 6$

$(x + 3)$ is a factor of $2x^3 + x^2 + kx + 6$ Find the value of $k$.
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Quadratic Sieve Matrix Reduction

I have read through several other questions asked about this, but I want to be sure. Here are my current steps: Start with $\left[ \begin{array}{} 0 & 0 & 0 & 1\\ 1 & 1 & 1 ...
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Factoring numbers

I was given the following problem: Prove that 767, 76767, 7676767 ... are all composite. Making a sequence $a(n)$ = {767, 76767, 7676767, ...} you can show that $a(3k+1)$ is divisble by 13, ...
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When does $(a^p-1)/(a-1)$ have a $p$th power factor?

Today I noted that $(18^3-1)/(18-1) = 343 = 7^3$, and that there are no other solutions to the equation $(a^3-1)/(a-1) = b^3$ with $b \le 100000$. There are, however, many solutions to the equation $$ ...
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Is factoring a semiprime easier than matrix multiplication?

I'm currently dealing with complexity estimates of various algorithms and the connected mathematical problems. Up until now, I had in mind that problems such as integer factorization and the discrete ...
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Question on Factoring

I have very basic Question about factoring, we know that, $$x^2+2xy+y^2 = (x+y)^2$$ $$x^2-2xy+y^2 = (x-y)^2$$ But what will $$x^2-2xy-y^2 = ??$$ $$x^2+2xy-y^2 = ??$$
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Factoring cubic polynomials with missing terms.

I am working on a linear algebra problem where I have to diagonalize a matrix. The characteristic equation is $-\lambda ^3 - 3 \lambda^2 + 4$. I need to factor this in order to solve part of the ...
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Entire function with zeros of even multiplicity is the square of another entire function

Let $f: \mathbb{C} \rightarrow \mathbb{C}$ be an entire function such that the multiplicity of each of its zeros is even. Must there exist an entire $g$ such that $f(z) = g(z)^{2}$? Progress I ...
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Factoring homogeneous polynomials in two variables.

Consider a homogeneous polynomial $F(X,Y)\in\mathbb C[X,Y]$, why we can always write it as: $$F(X,Y)=\prod(a_iX+b_iY)^{r_i}\quad?$$ I can't find a proof of this fact. Many thanks in advance.
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Factoring a problem. What is the other factor? [closed]

One of the factors of the polynomial $x^3-5x^2$ is $x+3$. What is the other factor
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Evaluate Derivative $\lim_{x \to 1}\frac{10x-1.86x^2 - 8.14}{x - 1}$

Evaluate Derivative $\lim_{x \to 1}\frac{10x-1.86x^2 - 8.14}{x - 1}$ I've already evaluated the limit using the $\lim_{h \to 0} \frac{f(a+h) - f(a)}{h}$ definition of a limit, but now I'm curious as ...
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Factoring $x^4+x^2+2x+6$

We have to factor $x^4+x^2+2x+6$.Factoring through factor theorem is not helpful in this question as the question does not follow the integral root theorem i.e. the root of this expression is not any ...
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Limit Different if I Factor and Simplify an Equation First.

So I have $$\lim_{t\to -1} \frac {t^2 - t - 2}{t^2 - 1} = \frac 32$$ The solution given was found by factoring and simplifying the equation and then taking the limit of numerator and denominator and ...
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prove $\sum\limits_{cyc} \frac {a^3} {b+c+d} \geq \frac {1} {3}$

Show that if $a,b,c,d \geq 0$ and $ab+bc+cd+da=1$ :$$\sum\limits_{cyc} \frac {a^3} {b+c+d} \geq \frac {1} {3}$$ yet again it should be solved with Cauchy inequality. thing i have done so far: ...
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how to factorize $x^4+2x^2+4$ to reell coeff.

How do you factor $$x^4+2x^2+4 $$ so it can be written as $$ (x^2+2x+2)(x^2-2x+2) $$
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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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Is there a reason for some polynomial quotients to have a remainder equals to zero?

I was helping some highschool students with factorization exercises. They had alternatives to choose the correct factor. Then one of them said to me: We use a calculator and evaluate some prime ...
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Show that this expression is a perfect square?

Show that this expression is a perfect square? $(b^2 + 3a^2 )^2 - 4 ab*(2b^2 - ab - 6a^2)$
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Nonlinear system of equations / factoring two-variable cubic over $\mathbb{R}$

About halfway through a homework problem, I end up with a three-way identity: $$\frac{uw}{v+w} = \frac{uv}{u+w} = \frac{vw}{u+v}$$ (I say I end up with..., but this is the method suggested by my ...
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prove $(a+b+c)^n=a^n+b^n+c^n$ if $(a+b+c)^3=a^3+b^3+c^3$

if $(a+b+c)^3=a^3+b^3+c^3$ and n is odd number,prove that: $$(a+b+c)^n=a^n+b^n+c^n$$ hint of the question was: factor this expression $f(a,b,c)=(a+b+c)^3-(a^3+b^3+c^3)$ after factorization ...
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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 for simplification?

I need to show that $$\dfrac{\Gamma\left(\alpha_1 + \alpha_2\right)}{\Gamma\left(\alpha_1\right)\Gamma\left(\alpha_2\right)}\left[\dfrac{\tau y^{\tau \alpha_1}\delta^{\tau \alpha_2}}{y\left(y^{\tau} ...
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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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Setting up word problem for finding length and width

Word Problem: The length of a rectangular sign is $3$ feet longer than the width. If the sign has space for $54$ square feet of advertising, find its length and width. I have not idea where to start. ...
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Solving the polynominal: $s(t) = -16t^2 + 48t + 160$

The height of a ball is thrown directly upward from an initial height of $160$ ft with an initial velocity of $48$ ft per second is given by the function: $s(t) = -16t^2 + 48t + 160$, where $s(t)$ ...
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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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When to use factoring by grouping for quadratic equation

There are several ways/methods to perform factoring. I am revising factoring at KhanAcademy, there are factoring by grouping, factoring special product and factoring difference of squares. Although, ...
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remainder is not zero using long division method

Find all zeros of $f(x)=128x^3-48x^2+1$ given that one linear factor occurs twice. let $f(x) $ be equaal to 0 $128x^3-48x^2+1=0,$ $16x^2(8x-3)+1=0,$ trying $x=1/4$ $16/16(2-3)+1=0,$ ...
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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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Factoring equation with 4 cubed numbers

The problem is to factor $a^3x - b^3y + b^3x - a^3y$, and the answer is $$(x-y)(a+b)(a^2 - ab + b^2).$$ I got as far as $(x-y)(a^3 - b^3 + b^3 - a^3)$. I mean the above answer fits if it was just ...
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Lattice-Theoretic Interpretation of the Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic

When equipping $\mathbb{N}^\ast=\mathbb{N}\setminus \{0\}$ with the divisibility relation, it forms a lattice with minimum 1, supremum given by the least common multiple, and infimum given by the ...
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Factoring $x^4 -8a^2x^2 -48a^4 -8bx^3 - 32a^2 bx +16b^2x^2 +64a^2b^2$

The subject line pretty much says it all. In my geometry class today, the following equation came up: $$x^4 -8a^2x^2 -48a^4 -8bx^3 - 32a^2 bx +16b^2x^2 +64a^2b^2 = 0$$ Specifically, it was in the ...
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What do we know about $\displaystyle \frac{f}{\gcd(f,f')}$ if $f\in\mathbb{F}_{p^d}[X]$?

Let $\mathbb{K}=\mathbb{F}_{p^d}$ and $f\in\mathbb{K}[X]$ be a non-constant polynomial with the factorization $$f=\prod_{i=1}^nf_i^{k_i}$$ where $f_i\in\mathbb{K}[X]$ is irreducible and ...
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Coppersmith method for factorisation

Is anyone familiar with the Coppersmith method? Does anyone know how is the $3\times3$ basis matrix obtained in this case?
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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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On the existence of polynomial roots

Assume $F$ is a field, and $f\in F[x]$ is polynomial. To see that $f$ has a root in some extension of $F$, without loss of generality we can assume $f$ is irreducible. Indeed any polynomial $f$ is ...
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Finding greatest common divisor between two polynomials.

I have the following past exam question: Calculate $\operatorname{gcd}(x^3 + 2x^2 + 2,2x^2 + 1)$ in $\mathbb{F}_3$ Now I haven't encountered this sort of gcd before(usually I am trying to solve ...
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Factorial simplification

How can I work with this? $$\frac{(3n)!}{(3(n+1))!}$$ I really don't know how to open this fatorial and then, simplify it. Actually, I have to calculate the limit when $n\to\infty$. Thanks :)
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Finding coefficients of the min polynomial of an $n\times n$

Given an $n\times n$ matrix, for ease assume this matrix is over the $F_m$. What we know about min poly is the the non-zero components of the min polynomial for this case, ie if there is $x^2$, or ...
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Factorising after adding a square

I have been thinking about it for quite some time but am unable to find an answer. Let $a,b,c,d,e$ be any distinct natural numbers. Will the relation : $(x-a)(x-b)+c^2=(x-d)(x-e)$ ever hold? I am ...
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Polynomial factors involving inequalities

How to factorise the polynomial $p(x) = x^4-2x^3 + 2x - 1$. Hence, solve the inequality $p(x) \gt 0$ ?
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Root of the polynomial $x(x-1)(x-2)\cdots(x-K)=C$

Is there an analytic way to obtain the highest root of the polynomial $x(x-1)(x-2)\cdots(x-K)=C$ in terms of $K$ and $C$? The integer $K \ll x$ and the constant $C$ are known. The other way to ask ...
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How would I factor $a^3+b^3+c^3-6abc$

How would I factor the polynomial $a^3+b^3+c^3-6abc$? The values are homogenous, so so must be the factors. I don't know where to go from there.