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What is FOIL.

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zeming | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 4, 2013 at 2:12 PM via iOS

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What is FOIL.

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justaguide | College Teacher | (Level 2) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 4, 2013 at 2:20 PM (Answer #1)

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In Math, an easy way of multiplying two binomials is by a method with the mnemonic FOIL. FOIL is first, outside, inside and last.

To use FOIL, consider the following example:

(a + b)(x + y) = a*x + a*y + b*x + b*y

Here, a*x is the product of the first term of each binomial, a*y is the product of the outer terms, b*x is the product of the inner terms and b*y is the product of the last terms.

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