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## Revision as of 19:36, 17 June 2016

The **sum and difference of powers** are powerful factoring techniques that, respectively, factor a sum or a difference of certain powers.

## Sums of Powers

## Differences of Powers

If is a positive integer and and are real numbers,

For example:

Note that the number of terms in the *long* factor is equal to the exponent in the expression being factored.

An amazing thing happens when and differ by , say, . Then and

.

For example:

If we also know that then:

## Sum of Cubes

## See Also

- Factoring
- Difference of squares, an extremely common specific case of this.

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