(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

If the polynomial P(x)=x^4+ax^3+bx^2-8x+1 is a perfect square then find (a+b)

3. The attempt at a solution

The first term is a perfect square and so is the last term. that means that th middle terms should have been =2x^2.

But it is not so, then how can this be a perfect square?

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# Homework Help: Perfect square

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