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Simplify each expression:

1) (x+8)^2 = x^2 + 64

2) (x-2)^3 = x^3 - 8

3) (x-2y)(x+y) = x^2 - xy -2y^2

4) (x+2)(x^2+3x-2) = x^3 + 5x^2 + 4x-4

Are my answers correct?

  • Math(please check) -

    Numbers 3) and 4) are correct.

    For numbers 1) and 2), you have missed out terms, probably you have not used the right standard formulae.

    (a+b)² = a² + 2ab + b²
    (a-b)² = a² - 2ab + b²
    (a+b)³ = a³ + 3a²b + 3ab² + b³
    (a-b)³ = a³ - 3a²b + 3ab² - b³

    If you are in an examination where you do not have an easy way to double check the standard formulae, you can treat
    (a+b)² = (a+b)(a+b)
    which you seem to have no problem solving.

  • Math(please check) -

    so for (x+8)^2 i would use
    a^2 + 2ab + b^2 and a would be 8 but what is b? Would it be 64?

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