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

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Chapter 4 - Polynomials - 4.5 Multiplication of Polynomials - 4.5 Exercise Set: 44

Answer

$a^2-1.2a+0.32$

Work Step by Step

Using $(a+b)(c+d)=ac+ad+bc+bd$ or the product of $2$ binomials, the given expression, $(a-0.4)(a-0.8)$, is equivalent to \begin{array}{l}\require{cancel} a(a)+a(-0.8)-0.4(a)-0.4(-0.8) \\\\= a^2-0.8a-0.4a+0.32 \\\\= a^2-1.2a+0.32 .\end{array}

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