Intermediate Algebra (6th Edition)

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Chapter 5 - Section 5.6 - Factoring Trinomials - Exercise Set: 37



Work Step by Step

Let $z=(5x+1)$. Then the given expression, $ (5x+1)^2+8(5x+1)+7 $, is equivalent to $ z^2+8z+7 $. The two numbers whose product is $ac= 1(7)=7 $ and whose sum is $b= 8 $ are $\{ 1,7 \}$. Using these two numbers to decompose the middle term, then the factored form of the expression, $ z^2+8z+7 $, is \begin{array}{l}\require{cancel} z^2+z+7z+7 \\\\= (z^2+z)+(7z+7) \\\\= z(z+1)+7(z+1) \\\\= (z+1)(z+7) .\end{array} Since $z=(5x+1)$, then, \begin{array}{l} (z+1)(z+7) \\\\= (5x+1+1)(5x+1+7) \\\\= (5x+2)(5x+8) .\end{array}
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