Factoring 16 Sum of 2 squares is prime

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Lesson Description:

Emphasizes that the sum of two perfect squares usually is nonfactorable and is prime.

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Questions answered by this video:
  • Why can you not factor the sum of squares?
  • Why does (a + b)^2 NOT equal a^2 + b^2?
  • What does (a + b)^2 equal?
  • Why can you not factor a^2 + b^2?
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    • Currently 4.0/5 Stars.
    This lesson breaks a common student misconception -- that squaring the sum of two terms is the same as the sum of each term squared. Or in other words, that (a + b)^2 equals a^2 + b^2. This video explains why that is not the case, and therefore, why a^2 + b^2 cannot be factored.