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If x^2=2x+1, x^3=?

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If \(x^2=2x+1, x^3\)=?

A. 4x
B. 5x+2
C. 5x-1
D. 3x+2
E. 3x-2
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If \(x^2=2x+1, x^3\)=?

A. 4x
B. 5x+2
C. 5x-1
D. 3x+2
E. 3x-2


\(x^2 = 2x+1\)

\(x^3 = (2x+1)*x\)

\(x^3 = 2*x^2 + x\)

\(x^3 = 2*(2x+1) + x\)

\(x^3 = 5x+1\)

Hence option B is correct
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==> \(x^3=x(x^2)=x(2x+1)=2x^2+x=2(2x+1)+x=5x+2\)

Answer: B
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If \(x^2=2x+1, x^3\)=?

A. 4x
B. 5x+2
C. 5x-1
D. 3x+2
E. 3x-2


Since we are given x^2 = 2x + 1 and need to determine the value of x^3, we can multiply both sides of our equation by x and we have:

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

x^3 = 2x^2 + x

We can substitute (2x + 1) for x^2 on the right hand side of the equation and obtain:

x^3 = 2(2x + 1) + x

x^3 = 4x + 2 + x

x^3 = 5x + 2

Answer: B
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