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Homework Help: Simplifying an Expression

  1. Sep 14, 2013 #1


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    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Simplify, if possible.

    (6w2-w-3) + (7w2-4w+5)

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I attempted to factor both expressions, but they don't seem to be factorable. Is this already simplified as much as possible, or am I missing something?
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  3. Sep 14, 2013 #2
    Simplify is a bit of a vague request, since putting an expression in its simplest form can mean a couple of different things.

    In the least, you can combine like powers to make a reduced quadratic. I think it has a complex factorization though from there.

    I'm sure there are many other ways to build equivalent expressions that you can partially factor to get something that might look simpler, but it's hard to tell what you are looking for.
  4. Sep 14, 2013 #3


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    I think you just add like terms and then see if factorization is possible.
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