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# Algebra math question

Posted by on Feb. 24, 2018 at 4:34 PM
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The answer is 4/9, I've got the answer book.  But how do I do the 2ab? I can't remember from high school!

a = 1/2    b = 1/6

by on Feb. 24, 2018 at 4:34 PM
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by Gold Member on Feb. 24, 2018 at 4:39 PM
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1/2^2+2(1/2*1/6)+1/6^2=
by Member on Feb. 24, 2018 at 4:48 PM

THANK YOU!

by Gold Member on Feb. 24, 2018 at 4:55 PM
You are welcome.
by Gold Member on Feb. 25, 2018 at 9:10 AM

I think they may be expecting you to use algebra.

(a + b)(a + b) = a.a + a.b + b.a + b.b

So you can get the answer by doing (1/2 + 1/6) and then squaring it.

If you convert 1/2 into sixths, you get 3/6, so that's  3/6 + 1/6 = 4/6 (which is the same as 2/3)

2/3 squared = (2 x 2) / (3 x 3) = 4 / 9

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