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For any real x, which of the following is equivalent to x^6 + x^5 + x^

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For any real x, which of the following is equivalent to x^6 + x^5 + x^4?

A. x^4(x^3 + x + 1)

B. x^4(x^2 + 1)

C. x^5(x^2 + x + 1)

D. x^4(x^2 + x + 1)

E. x^3(x^2 + x + 1)
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12 Mar 2017, 10:59
Answer D pretty straightforward just group the x^4 together
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vikasp99 wrote:
For any real x, which of the following is equivalent to x^6 + x^5 + x^4?

A. x^4(x^3 + x + 1)

B. x^4(x^2 + 1)

C. x^5(x^2 + x + 1)

D. x^4(x^2 + x + 1)

E. x^3(x^2 + x + 1)

The greatest common factor of x^6, x^5 and x^4 is x^4, so we'll factor that out of the original expression
We get: x^6 + x^5 + x^4 = x^4(x^2 + x^1 + 1)

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12 Mar 2017, 12:10
vikasp99 wrote:
For any real x, which of the following is equivalent to x^6 + x^5 + x^4?

A. x^4(x^3 + x + 1)

B. x^4(x^2 + 1)

C. x^5(x^2 + x + 1)

D. x^4(x^2 + x + 1)

E. x^3(x^2 + x + 1)

$$x^6 + x^5 + x^4$$

= $$x^4 ( x^2 + x + 1 )$$

Thus, answer must be (D) $$x^4(x^2 + x + 1)$$
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Re: For any real x, which of the following is equivalent to x^6 + x^5 + x^  [#permalink]

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vikasp99 wrote:
For any real x, which of the following is equivalent to x^6 + x^5 + x^4?

A. x^4(x^3 + x + 1)

B. x^4(x^2 + 1)

C. x^5(x^2 + x + 1)

D. x^4(x^2 + x + 1)

E. x^3(x^2 + x + 1)

We can simplify the given equation by factoring out x^4.

x^4(x^2 + x + 1)

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