January 16th, 2017, 09:17 PM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Jan 2017 From: India Posts: 1 Thanks: 0  Maths Formula
how you can show (a+b)^2 = a^2 + 2ab + b^2

January 16th, 2017, 09:38 PM  #2 
Senior Member Joined: Aug 2012 Posts: 2,214 Thanks: 656  It's the standard multiplication of the two binomials $(a + b)(a + b)$. There's an acronym for this, FOIL: First, Outside, Inside, Last. So $(a + b)(a + b)$ $= a^2 + ba + ab + b^2 = a^2 + 2ab + b^2$ In other words: First, $a \times a$. Outside, $a \times b$. Inside, $b \times a$. Last: $b \times b$. Then collect terms. Another way to interpret this question is to write out a formal proof from axioms, carefully noting each use of the distributive law, commutative laws, associative laws, etc. Which interpretation are you asking? How to do it, or how to prove it from axioms? Last edited by Maschke; January 16th, 2017 at 09:44 PM. 

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