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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsMathematics · 10 months ago

How do I factor y^10n-y^5n-12?

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  • 10 months ago
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    Using simpler exponents, you know y^2 - y - 12 = (y + 3)(y - 4). That means you can factor as such:

    y^(10n) - y^(5n) - 12 = (y^(5n) + 3)(y^(5n) - 4).

  • 10 months ago

    y^(10n) - y^(5n) - 12

    = (y^(5n))^2 - y^(5n) - 12

    = (y^(5n) - 4)(y^(5n) + 3)

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