Posted by **erin** on Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 5:52pm.

my post is still on this page as algebra, could someone elaborate on what bobpursley tried to help me with.

See your original post.

I am guessing you are referring to your question

5)Simplify:(5x-4)^2

and your answer= 25x^2 - 16

(5x-4)^2

=(5x-4)(5x-4)

= 25x^2 - 20x - 20x + 16

= 25x^2 - 40x + 16

The FOIL that bobpurseley was referring to means

F - multiply the firsts

O - multiply the outside terms

I - multiply the inside terms

L - multiply multiply the last terms

it is a short memory-aid to help you multiply two binomials

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