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Factoring and expanding

When i try to factor or expand any equation, all i get as an answer is { }. is there something in the mode menu that i have to change?

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    it says "non algebraic variablein expression" when i factor

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Try going to var link and deleting any variables like x and whatever you're trying to factor as they may be stored as lists and thus come out factored like that

Posted on Jul 10, 2008

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My ti 89 won't factor


The polynomial cannot be factored in the set of Real numbers: The roots of the polynomial equation are complex.
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However, you should set the Mode Complex>Rectangular, and the EXACT/APPROXIMATE mode to Exact, otherwise your roots will be in decimal representation.
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This equation doesn't have whole number factors so you have to solve it by completing the square or using the quadratic equation. I used the quadratic equation and got the following answers.

[3 + sqrt(209)]/10 and [3 - sqrt(209)]/10

I hope this helps you out.

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How do i solve the equations (r-3)(r+6)=0 using my ti-30xa


If you expand that formula into r^2 +3r - 18 = 0, then you can use the quadratic formula.

The two solutions for r are:

r = (-3 + sqrt((-3)^2 -4(1)(-18))) / 2(1) = 3

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r = (-3 - sqrt((-3)^2 -4(1)(-18))) / 2(1) = -6

Try typing those in using the calculator to get the same results.

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When typing in the following I go not get the right answer on nspire cas expand((3m^3n^2)(2mn)) give me 6m^3n^2 mn instead of 6m^4n^3 why?


Simple. The calculator interpreted what you entered as much as it could. However when it got to the 2mn part, it recognized the factor 2 and carried out the multiplication of 3 and 2 to give 6, but you never defined for it what mn was. To make sure it understands, insert an explicit multiplication sign between m and n, otherwise it considers the grouping as some new variable. Implicit multiplication cases are easily recognized when they involve a number and a variable, but not when two letters follow one another.

Note: I believe you are not using the right command. Yes, it gives the result here, but the command you should be using is factor( rather than expand(. expand( will open up parentheses and lengthen the expressions. Just thought you might want to know.

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Calculator is not expanding or factorising algebraic expressions as should. Gives answers in curly brackets which seem unrelated.


I am somewhat puzzled at your affirmation concerning factoring and expanding algebraic expressions. The TINspire does not do symbolic algebra, only the TI Nspire CAS does.
If you have the TINspire CAS, (version 2.x) you can
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  2. In one of the pages, press MENU.
  3. Select [3:Algebra]
  4. Use Down Arrow or enter the number 2:Factor, or 3:expand
  5. In the command line, expand( , complete the command by entering the expression, close the right parenthesis and press [ENTER].
  6. The calculator should give you the expanded result.

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You only presenting one side of the equation with what you got to get: (x-1)(x-4) = x^2-x-4x+4 you get that by multiplying the factors in the brackets with each other to expand the equation without the other side of the equation you can't solve for x

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Using solve and factor requires correct mode and proper equation set up. Ref to manual might help.

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oh yeah, you must've archived x, that is, you put a number onto the x variable so that the calculator calculates the answer for you, and THEN AUTOMATICALLY calculates the answer when x is in terms of that number. I am guessing you accidentally did 10[sto] x at one point. You can simply unarchived the x number and everything will be dandy!

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I think what you want to do is not to factor but to expand, which is the option right under factor [F2, 3]. expand((x-5)^2) = x^2-10x+25

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