# How do you solve #x^3 + 4x^2 - 20x = 80#?

##### 1 Answer

Nov 28, 2015

Subtract

#x = +-2sqrt(5)# or#x = -4#

#### Explanation:

First subtract

#x^3+4x^2-20x-80 = 0#

Factor the left hand side by grouping:

#x^3+4x^2-20x-80#

#=(x^3+4x^2)-(20x+80)#

#=x^2(x+4)-20(x+4)#

#=(x^2-20)(x+4)#

#=(x-sqrt(20))(x+sqrt(20))(x+4)#

#=(x-sqrt(2^2*5))(x+sqrt(2^2*5))(x+4)#

#=(x-2sqrt(5))(x+2sqrt(5))(x+4)#

So the roots of