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x^4 + x^2 - 20
Help! I have no clue how to factor this! Do i have to square root everything?

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    (x^2 + 5)(x^2 - 4)

    If you set y = x^2 and look at the original as:
    y^2 + y - 20
    It should factor easily to
    (y + 5)(y - 4)
    which equals:
    (x^2 + 5)(x^2 - 4)

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    so would the final answer be (x^2 + 5)(x^2 - 4) or (y + 5)(y - 4) ???

  • Math - ,

    The final answer is
    (x^2 + 5)(x^2 - 4)

    If you multiply that, you will get your original equation.

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