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Topic: Help with limit problem?
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Hanford Carr

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Re: Help with limit problem?
Posted: Sep 12, 2007 10:33 AM
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me@privacy.net wrote:
>
> "Brian M. Scott" <b.scott@csuohio.edu> wrote:
>

> > (As Arturo has
> >already pointed out, x - 1 is such a factor.)

>
> Ok
>
> But for some weird reason I can't see how (x-1) factors
> out of both polynomials. My brain just quit working on
> that


x^n - 1 = (x-1)(x^(n-1) + x^(n-2)+ ... + x + 1)

i.e. x^5 - 1 = (x-1)(x^4 + x^3 + x^2 + x + 1)



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