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# How can you expand (x-0.3)(x/2+.15) on TI-89 tintanium

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In Home screen press [F2: Algebra] then select [3:expand(]. The command echoes on main command line. Complete the argument by typing in (x-0.3)(x/2 plus 0.15) and close the right parenthesis of the expand( )function.

You can also use the identity (special product) (a-b)(a plus b)=a^2-b^2. It is not that clear here, but if you you factored out the 1/2 you will see it.
1/2*(x-0.3)(x plus 2*0.15)=1/2*(x-0.3)(x plus 0.3)= 1/2*(x^2-0.3^2)

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The Ti 89 solves a lot of fraction problems by being in the right mode and, the use of several commands. One of my first problems here at Fixya was to find a solution for, "How do i convert a decimal answer to fractions prefferably with matrixes."

Here the problem was solved just by being in the EXACT mode.

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