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x+2a is a factor of (x^3+2(a-2b)x^2-b(8a-3b)x+6ab^2)

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    I assume you want to find a and b so it divides evenly?

    x^3 + 2(a-2b)x^2 - b(8a-3b)x + 6ab^2
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    x+2a

    = x^2 - 4bx + 3b^2 remainder 6ab(1-b)

    so, to divide evenly, either a=0 or b=1

    check:

    a=0: x^3 - 4bx^2 + 3b^2x + 0 = x(x^2-4bx+3b^2) for any b

    b=1: x^3 + 2(a-2)x^2 - (8a+3)x + 6a
    = (x+2a)(x^2 - 4x - 3) for any a

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