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You wanted information about Math Cartoons or, you're working your way through the Maze. Either way - this is a good place to be. I'm going to talk about the Maze question first - but scroll to the end of the page if you're only interested in Math Cartoons.

Well, congratulations on getting this far. I see we're having some difficulties with question #12. Let's look at the problem.

2x^{2}(x^{3}+ 6) -7

a) 2x^{5} + 12x^{2} – 7

b) 3x^{5} + 12x – 7

d) 2x^{5} - 2x^{2}

Hmmmm. First of all, let me explain. I am not very good at web design (you may have already noticed). Math - O'k, I can do math. But web design ... So, you will no doubt notice several things that make you think - heck, I could do better than that! I am totally open to suggestions and will be extremely appreciative if they are suggestions I can use. I don't live close to a lake - so, telling me to jump into one is not considered all that helpful. There is a form at the end of the web page (thanks).

I am using x^2 to mean x to the second power. In order to make it look correct, I have to go into html mode and I'd rather not. I hope this isn't confusing - if it is, let me know.

Well, we are distributing 2x^2 to each term in the parenthesis. So first we multiply 2x^2 times x^3. 2x^2 is the same as (2)(x)(x) because x squared is x times itself. x^3 is (x)(x)(x). So, if we multiply those together we get (2)(x)(x)(x)(x)(x) or 2x^5 . When you're multiplying like bases (the x) you add the exponents the ^2 plus the ^3 equals ^5.

But, we're not done. We still have to multiply 2x^2 times the second term in the parenthesis the 6. Well, there are no x's in the second term. It's just the 6. So, here we would multiply 2 times 6 and get 12x^2. Now we're essentially done. The answer is A) 2x^5 + 12x^2 - 7..

One last thing. x is the same as x^1 or x to the first property.

Which of the following is equal to the expression below (pick a, b, c, or d listed at the end of the problem).

3x^{3}(x + 8) -9

a) 3x^{3} + 24x^{3} – 9

b) 3x^{4} -1

d) 3x^{4} - 24x^{3} -27

Click the letter that corresponds with the correct answer -

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