# Difference between revisions of "1953 AHSME Problems/Problem 3"

The factors of the expression $x^2+y^2$ are:

$\textbf{(A)}\ (x+y)(x-y) \qquad \textbf{(B)}\ (x+y)^2 \qquad \textbf{(C)}\ (x^{\frac{2}{3}}+y^{\frac{2}{3}})(x^{\frac{4}{3}}+y^{\frac{4}{3}})\\ \textbf{(D)}\ (x+iy)(x-iy)\qquad \textbf{(E)}\ \text{none of these}$

## Solution

Trying each case out, we see $(x+iy)(x-iy)=x^2+xyi-xyi+(iy)(-iy)=x^2+(-1)(-y^2)=x^2+y^2$

So $\boxed{\text{D}}$ works