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Hi, could anyone help me with a algebra question

  1. May 6, 2007 #1
    hi there,

    i just forgot how to solve quadratics and was wondering if anyone could help me on a question it is quite easy.

    (x+3)(x-2)^2= 72

    =x^3-x^2-8x+12= 72

    im not quite sure what i should do next if i havent made any mistakes so far.

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  3. May 6, 2007 #2


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    I would start by noting 72=9*8=3*3*8.

    This should get you one solution.

    Then when you get to

    x^3-x^2-8x+12= 72

    Subtract to get


    and factor out x-a, where a is the solution you found earlier.
  4. May 7, 2007 #3
    Guess factors of 60 to plug in using synthetic division/substitution
  5. May 8, 2007 #4
    multiply each term of one binomial by each term of of the other

    (x + 3)(x-2)^2=72

    multiply each term by 3
    3 * -2 = -6
    3 * x = 3x

    combine like terms
    x^2 + x3 - x2 -6


    x^2 + x -6


    x^2 + x -6 + 72

    do the quadratic eq and check for 0
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