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January 25th, 2017, 04:14 PM   #11
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 Originally Posted by Country Boy Your basic problem, GIJoefan1986, is that you multiplied (x- 8 )(x- 2) and got $8^2- 10x+ 17$ rather than $x^2- 10x+ 17$! Where in the world did that $8^2$ come from?
The problem deals with (a - 8 )(a - 2) not (x - 8 )(x - 2). My suspicion is that the OP did a "mental typo" and took the a^2 to be an 8^2. But yes, that particular mistake should have been found the second or third proofreading pass.

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 January 25th, 2017, 04:41 PM #12 Math Team   Joined: Oct 2011 From: Ottawa Ontario, Canada Posts: 14,597 Thanks: 1038 Dan my good man, don't be so multitudinous! Thanks from topsquark
January 26th, 2017, 10:04 AM   #13
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 Originally Posted by topsquark The problem deals with (a - 8 )(a - 2) not (x - 8 )(x - 2). My suspicion is that the OP did a "mental typo" and took the a^2 to be an 8^2. But yes, that particular mistake should have been found the second or third proofreading pass. -Dan
Yep that's Exactly what i did and then with the issues I have with the video that was teaching me the wrong out come, I was not realizing there was also an issue at the beginning of my problem that I made as well as with the video.

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