Posted by **mysterychicken** on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 5:02pm.

Help!!

13. Use the Distributive Property to simplify 7(6x^2 + 5x + 4)

15. Evaluate 5w^2 if w = .5

19. Write a simplified expression to represent 5 times the sum of x and 3 increased by 10.

Is it 10+5(x+3) ?

Thanks

-MC

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**mysterychicken**, Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 5:12pm
Also,

15. Evaluate 5w^2 if w = .5

Is the answer 6.25?

-MC

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**Reiny**, Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 7:48pm
13. 7(6x^2 + 5x + 4)

= 42x^2 + 35x + 28

Many mathematicians would consider

7(6x^2 + 5x + 4) to be more "simplified" than the expanded version.

15. 5(.5)^2 = 5(.25) = 1.25

19. yes

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**mysterychicken**, Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 8:06pm
I don't quite understand how you got that for #15..don't you have to take it to the second power?

And-- 7(6x^2 + 5x + 4) to be more "simplified" than the expanded version..what is this for?

Thanks

-MC

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**Reiny**, Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 8:11pm
I did.

5(.5)^2

= 5(.5)(.5)

= 5(.25)

= 1.25

For the other part, I simply commented that the original expression in factored form is considered to be more simplified than the expanded form. In other words, the question is poorly worded.

I should have simply said, "Expand"

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**mysterychicken**, Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 8:16pm
Okay, thanks for your help!

-MC

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