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Homework Help: Unable to do fundamental factoring

  1. Sep 3, 2008 #1
    I have been trying this problem for a long time now.

    Factor the polynomial t^7+2t^6-24t^5.

    So far I came up with t^n(t+x)(t+y). I have no clue on how to work this out because i am only able to do them to the 2nd degree. I can really use the help.

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  3. Sep 3, 2008 #2


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    write t7 as t2*t5 and simliarly t6 as t*t5.

    see what you can do now?
  4. Sep 3, 2008 #3
    Oh wow indeed i was able to do it.

    I was able to get t^5(t+6)(t-4)

    thanks alot for the help
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