Use the Binomial Theorem to find the binomial expansion of the given expression.
\((2x - 3y)^5\)
The binomial theorem is as follows:
The formula never helped me much either, but here is the explanation. Looking at any expansion, there are coefficients and exponents. For example, the expansion for \((a+b)^3\) is as follows:
Just looking at the coefficients, you get 1, 3, 3, and 1. This is the fourth row of the Pascal triangle.
For the exponents, you get 3, 2, 1, 0 for a; and 0, 1, 2, 3 for b. From this, we can deduce what \((2x-3y)^5\) will be.
The expansion for just \((x-y)^5\):
The exponents for x will be 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0 and the exponents for y will be 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
The coefficients will be the sixth row of the Pascal triangle, which is 1, 5, 10, 10, 5, 1
Therefore, the expansion will be \((x-y)^5=x^5+5x^4y+10x^3y^2+10x^2y^3+5xy^4+y^5\)
However, we are not done yet. We need to add the positive/negative signs, alternating.
Using this equation, you can plug in the values to find the given expression.
I hope this helped,