The instructions are "write in a completely factored form relative to the integers."

the problem is: (y -b)^2 - y + b

Can't seem to factor it and I'm not sure what they want, can anyone help? Thanks!

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The instructions are "write in a completely factored form relative to the integers."

the problem is: (y -b)^2 - y + b

Can't seem to factor it and I'm not sure what they want, can anyone help? Thanks!

the problem is: (y -b)^2 - y + b

Can't seem to factor it and I'm not sure what they want, can anyone help? Thanks!

- duddy
**Posts:**2**Joined:**Mon Jul 08, 2013 9:11 pm

Briefly by visual inspection, factorizing maybe or maybe not.

First try doing the squaring part and think how factorizations are possible from that....

Actually, there is something:

(y-b)^2-y+b

(y-b)^2-(y-b)

(y-b)((y-b)-1)

(y-b)(y-b-1)_________which is likely the expected factored answer.

First try doing the squaring part and think how factorizations are possible from that....

Actually, there is something:

(y-b)^2-y+b

(y-b)^2-(y-b)

(y-b)((y-b)-1)

(y-b)(y-b-1)_________which is likely the expected factored answer.

- jg.allinsymbols
**Posts:**71**Joined:**Sat Dec 29, 2012 2:42 am

Thanks man, that helped a lot!

- duddy
**Posts:**2**Joined:**Mon Jul 08, 2013 9:11 pm

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