Simplify, and write without negative exponents?

#(x^(n-1) + y^(n-2))(x^n + y^(n-1))#

1 Answer
Dec 7, 2016

Answer:

#(x^(2n))/x + (x^ny^n)/(xy) + (x^ny^n)/y^2 + y^(2n)/y^3#

Explanation:

The first step is to cross multiple the terms in parenthesis:

#x^(n-1)x^n + x^(n-1)y^(n-1) + x^ny^(n-2) + y^(n-2)y^(n-1)#

#x^(n-1 + n) + x^(n-1)y^(n-1) + x^ny^(n-2) + y^(n-2 + n - 1)#

#x^(2n-1) + x^(n-1)y^(n-1) + x^ny^(n-2) + y^(2n-3)#

Now we can work with the negative portion of the exponents.

#x^(2n)x^(-1) + x^nx^(-1)y^ny^-1 + x^ny^ny^-2 + y^(2n)y^-3#

#(x^(2n))/x + (x^ny^n)/(xy) + (x^ny^n)/y^2 + y^(2n)/y^3#