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Algebra Problem

  1. Jun 28, 2009 #1
    Factorize the following

    2ab - 4ac + bd - 2de

    cant get this at all

    any help is appreciated
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  3. Jun 28, 2009 #2


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    Immediately you can get 2a(b-2c)+d(b-2e).

    If you have a typo (e should be c?), then you have (2a+d)(b-2c).
  4. Jun 28, 2009 #3
    im afraid not

    the question asks

    Factorise the following expressions by extraction or grouping of the common factors

    2ab - 4ac + bd - 2de
  5. Jun 28, 2009 #4


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    Then the best you can do is, as mathman said, 2a(b- 2c)+ d(b- 2e).
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