The expression $x^2 + 13x + 30 - x + 2$ can be factored as  $(x + a)(x + b),$ and the expression $x^2 - 16$ can be factored as $(x + b)(x - c)$, where $a$, $b$, and $c$ are integers.  What is the value of $a + b + c$?

 Aug 16, 2023

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 Aug 16, 2023
edited by Guest  Aug 16, 2023

Let's start by factoring the given expressions:

1. For the expression \(x^2 + 13x + 30 - x + 2\), we can simplify it and factor as follows:

   \[x^2 + 13x + 30 - x + 2 = x^2 + 12x + 32 = (x + 8)(x + 4).\]

   So, \(a = 8\) and \(b = 4\).

2. For the expression \(x^2 - 16\), we can recognize it as a difference of squares and factor it as:

   \[x^2 - 16 = (x + 4)(x - 4).\]

   So, \(b = 4\) and \(c = -4\).

Now, we need to find the value of \(a + b + c\):

\[a + b + c = 8 + 4 - 4 = 8.\]

Therefore, the value of \(a + b + c\) is \(8\).

 Aug 16, 2023

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