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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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Okay I would try and do thanks.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Let me know how you do.

If you need it:

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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I had: x^2-1/x^3 -2x^2 +x.

I dont understand how you got -x^2 +1. As the numerator.

Please, let me know how you got it.

Thanks

*Last edited by EbenezerSon (2013-07-21 09:28:37)*

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

I did not get that as the numerator. I got x + 1 as the numerator. I just multiplied. Do you need help with that?

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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Yes,

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Do you know FOIL?

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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I havent heard nor seen that before.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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It is an acronym and it means First, Outer, Inner and Last. Want to try this one using it?

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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Yes, Sir.

I am ever ready!

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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We have:

We use FOIL to multiply it.

F means First, so we take the first term of each one and multiply them.

What is the answer?

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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=x^2

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That is correct, hold on to that.

Now for O which means outer:

What do you get?

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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= -x^1

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That is correct, now hold on to that.

I, means inner:

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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=x^1

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That is correct a mundo!. Hold on to that.

We are almost done! L means last.

What do you get?

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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X^0 = 1.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Wrong sign!

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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Please, let me know I an wrong

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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You added the exponents correctly but what about that - in front of the second term?

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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Errr okay, I see it should be -x^ 0= 1. Is that correct?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

- x^0 = -1

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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But sir, I think the negative sign is affecting the 'X' and not its power, please could you explain?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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-(x^0) is - (1) which equals -1.

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**EbenezerSon****Member**- Registered: 2013-07-04
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Errr okay, I understand it now, any number raising to the power zero is 1 therefore the 1 should take the sign of the x, Because is the x that makes the 1. I am right sir?

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