Intermediate Algebra (12th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0321969359
ISBN 13: 978-0-32196-935-4

Chapter 5 - Section 5.4 - A General Approach to Factoring - 5.4 Exercises: 55

Answer

$2(5p+9)(5p-9)$

Work Step by Step

$\bf{\text{Solution Outline:}}$ To factor the given expression, $ 50p^2-162 ,$ factor first the $GCF.$ Then use the factoring of the difference of $2$ squares. $\bf{\text{Solution Details:}}$ The $GCF$ of the terms in the given expression is $ 2 ,$ since it is the greatest expression that can divide all the terms evenly (no remainder.) Factoring the $GCF$ results to \begin{array}{l}\require{cancel} 2(25p^2-81) .\end{array} The expressions $ 25p^2 $ and $ 81 $ are both perfect squares (the square root is exact) and are separated by a minus sign. Hence, $ 25p^2-81 ,$ is a difference of $2$ squares. Using the factoring of the difference of $2$ squares which is given by $a^2-b^2=(a+b)(a-b),$ the expression above is equivalent to \begin{array}{l}\require{cancel} 2[(5p)^2-(9)^2] \\\\= 2[(5p+9)(5p-9)] \\\\= 2(5p+9)(5p-9) .\end{array}
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