**Expanding Triple Brackets **

**Expanding triple brackets** is just an extension of expanding single and double brackets. Fortunately, this new kind of expansion isn’t really a new kind at all. The ideas are much the same as when we expanded double brackets, it’s just the messier algebra that makes it tricky.

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**Expanding Triple Brackets **

When expanding **triple brackets**, we just multiply the **first two brackets together**, then multiply the result **with the final bracket**.

**Example:** Expand the following, \textcolor{red}{(x+1)}\textcolor{limegreen}{(x+2)}\textcolor{blue}{(3x+3)}

**Step 1 – **Multiply out the first two brackets (use **FOIL**)

**Step 2** – Multiply the result x^2 +3x+2 by (3x+3)

This requires \bf{6} separate multiplications, shown below.

Finally we must collect the like terms

\textcolor{red}{3x^3+3x^2}\textcolor{blue}{+9x^2+9x}\textcolor{limegreen}{+6x+6} = 3x^3 + 12x^2 +15x + 6

**Example 1: Expanding Triple Brackets**

Expand and simplify the following, \textcolor{red}{(x + 1)}\textcolor{limegreen}{(x+3)}\textcolor{blue}{(x - 2)}.

**[4 marks]**

**Step 1 – **Multiply out the first two brackets (use **FOIL**)

\begin{aligned} \textcolor{red}{(x+1)}\textcolor{limegreen}{(x+3)} &=\textcolor{red}{x^2}\textcolor{limegreen}{+3x}\textcolor{purple}{+x}\textcolor{blue}{+3} \\ &=\textcolor{red}{x^2}\textcolor{maroon}{+4x}\textcolor{blue}{+3}\end{aligned}

**Step 2 –** Next we must multiply the result (\textcolor{red}{x^2}\textcolor{maroon}{+4x}\textcolor{blue}{+3}) by \textcolor{blue}{(x - 2)}

(\textcolor{red}{x^2}\textcolor{maroon}{+4x}\textcolor{blue}{+3})\textcolor{blue}{(x - 2)} = x^3 + 4x^2 +3x -2x^2 -8x-6 \\ = x^3+2x^2-5x-6

**Example 2: Expanding Triple Brackets**

Expand and simplify the following, \textcolor{red}{(a+5)}\textcolor{limegreen}{(2a-1)}\textcolor{blue}{(3+a)}.

**[4 marks]**

**Step one – **Multiply out the first two brackets (use **FOIL**)

\begin{aligned}\textcolor{red}{(a+5)}\textcolor{limegreen}{(2a-1)} & =\textcolor{red}{2a^2}\textcolor{limegreen}{-a}\textcolor{purple}{+10a}\textcolor{blue}{-5} \\ &=\textcolor{red}{2a^2}\textcolor{maroon}{+9a}\textcolor{blue}{-5}\end{aligned}

**Step 2 –** Multiply the result (\textcolor{red}{2a^2}\textcolor{maroon}{+9a}\textcolor{blue}{-5}) by \textcolor{blue}{(3+a)}

(\textcolor{red}{2a^2}\textcolor{maroon}{+9a}\textcolor{blue}{-5})\textcolor{blue}{(3 + a)} = 6a^2 + 2a^3 +27a +9a^2 -15 -5a \\ = 2a^3 +15a^2 +22a -15

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£14.99### Example Questions

**Question 1:** Expand and simplify (m+8)(m-9)(m+1)

**[4 marks]**

Firstly, we expand the second two brackets into a normal quadratic,

\begin{aligned}(m-9)(m+1)&=m^2+m-9m-9 \\ &=m^2-8m-9\end{aligned}

Then, replacing the second two brackets with their expanded version, we can rewrite the original expression:

(m+8)(m-9)(m+1)=(m+8)(m^2-8m-9)

We will now expand these two brackets, first multiplying the m in the left-hand bracket by everything in the right-hand bracket, and then multiplying the 8 in the left-hand bracket by everything in the right-hand bracket. Doing so, we get

(m+8)(m^2-8m-9)=m^3-8m^2-9m+8m^2-64m-72

Collecting and simplifying like terms, we get the simplified expansion to be,

m^3-73m-72

**Question 2:** Expand and simplify (2k-3)(k+4)^2

As (k+4)^2 is the same as (k+4)(k+4) the expression can also be written like,

(2k-3)(k+4)(k+4)

This then looks like all the other triple bracket expansions we’ve seen, and we can continue as normal. Firstly, we expand the second two brackets into a normal quadratic,

\begin{aligned}(k+4)(k+4)&=k^2+4k+4k+16 \\ &=k^2+8k+16\end{aligned}

Then, replacing the second two brackets with their expanded version, we can rewrite the original expression:

(2k-3)(k+4)(k+4)=(2k-3)(k^2+8k+16)

We will now expand these two brackets, first multiplying the 2k in the left-hand bracket by everything in the right-hand bracket, and then multiplying the -3 in the left-hand bracket by everything in the right-hand bracket. Doing so, we get,

(2k-3)(k^2+8k+16)=2k^3+16k^2+32k-3k^2-24k-48

Collecting and simplifying like terms, we get the simplified expansion to be,

2k^3+13k^2+8k-48

**Question 3:** Expand and simplify (x+1)(x+2)(x-4)

**[4 marks]**

Firstly, we expand the second two brackets into a normal quadratic,

\begin{aligned}(x+2)(x-4)&=x^2+2x-4x-8 \\ &=x^2-2x-8\end{aligned}

Then, replacing the second two brackets with their expanded version, we can rewrite the original expression:

(x+1)(x+2)(x-4)=(x+1)(x^2-2x-8)

We will now expand these two brackets, first multiplying the x in the left-hand bracket by everything in the right-hand bracket, and then multiplying the 1 in the left-hand bracket by everything in the right-hand bracket. Doing so, we get

(x+1)(x^2-2x-8)=x^3-2x^2-8x+x^2-2x-8

Collecting and simplifying like terms, we get the simplified expansion to be,

x^3-x^2-10x-8

**Question 4:** Expand and simplify (a+b)^3

**[4 marks]**

We can write the expression given in the question as,

(a+b)^3=(a+b)(a+b)(a+b)

This then looks like all the other triple bracket expansions we’ve seen, and we can continue as normal. Firstly, we expand the second two brackets into a normal quadratic,

\begin{aligned}(a+b)(a+b)&=a^2+ab+ba+b^2 \\ &=a^2+2ab+b^2\end{aligned}

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

We will now expand these two brackets, first multiplying the a in the left-hand bracket by everything in the right-hand bracket, and then multiplying the b in the left-hand bracket by everything in the right-hand bracket. Doing so, we get,

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

Collecting and simplifying like terms, we get the simplified expansion to be,

a^3+3ab^2+3a^2b+b^3

**Question 5:** Expand and simplify (x-3)(2x+5)(x+2)

Firstly, we expand the second two brackets into a normal quadratic,

\begin{aligned}(2x+5)(x+2)&=2x^2+4x+5x+10 \\ &=2x^2+9x+10\end{aligned}

(x-3)(2x+5)(x+2)=(x-3)(2x^2+9x+10)

We will now expand these two brackets, first multiplying the x in the left-hand bracket by everything in the right-hand bracket, and then multiplying the -3 in the left-hand bracket by everything in the right-hand bracket. Doing so, we get,

(x-3)(2x^2+9x+10)=2x^3 +9x^2+10x-6x^2-27x-30

Collecting and simplifying like terms, we get the simplified expansion to be,

2x^3+3x^2-17x-30

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