# Factorize a^3-b^3 (O Level Math Tuition Question)

$(a-b)^3=a^3-3a^2b+3ab^2-b^3$

So,
$\begin{array}{rcl} a^3-b^3&=&(a-b)^3+3a^2b-3ab^2\\ &=&(a-b)(a-b)^2+3a^2b-3ab^2\\ &=&(a-b)(a^2-2ab+b^2)+(a-b)(3ab)\\ &=&(a-b)(a^2+ab+b^2) \end{array}$

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## 5 thoughts on “Factorize a^3-b^3 (O Level Math Tuition Question)”

1. Paperpc@yahoo.com.sg says:

How do we get (a-b)^3=a^3-3a^2b+3ab^2-b^3 if it is not (a-b)(a-b)(a-b)

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2. Hi, yes, you are right, $(a-b)^3$ is $(a-b)(a-b)(a-b)$.
Continue to expand, you will get $(a^2-2ab+b^2)(a-b)=a^3-2a^2b+ab^2-a^2b+2ab^2-b^3=a^3-3a^2b+3ab^2-b^3$.
Hope it helps!

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