Elementary and Intermediate Algebra: Concepts & Applications (6th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-32184-874-8
ISBN 13: 978-0-32184-874-1

Chapter 10 - Exponents and Radicals - 10.8 The Complex Numbers - 10.8 Exercise Set - Page 686: 55



Work Step by Step

Using $(a+b)(a-b)=a^2-b^2$, or the product of the sum and difference of like terms, and using the properties of radicals, the given expression, $ (3+8i)(3-8i) ,$ simplifies to \begin{array}{l}\require{cancel} (3)^2-(8i)^2 \\\\= 9-64i^2 \\\\= 9-64(-1) \\\\= 9+64 \\\\= 73 .\end{array}
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