# How do you write #(x-5)(x+2)# in standard form?

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Mar 17, 2016

#### Answer:

#### Explanation:

Each term in the 2nd bracket must be multiplied by each term in the 1st. This can be done as follows.

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#color(blue)"x" (x + 2 )color(blue)"-5"(x + 2 ) = x^2 + 2x - 5x - 10 # now collect like terms

# rArr (x - 5 )(x + 2 ) = x^2 - 3x - 10 " is in standard form "# Writing an answer in standard form means , start with the term that has the highest power of the variable,

#" in this case " x^2 # followed by terms with decreasing powers until the last term, usually a constant.