Edexcel IGCSE Maths

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2.4.3 Difference of Two Squares

What is the difference of two squares?

  • A “Difference Of Two Squares” is any expression in the form p2 – q2

Why is it so important?

  • It comes up a lot – recognising it can save a lot of time

How does it factorise?

  • p2 – q2 can always be factorised in the same way:
    p2 – q2 = (p + q)(p – q)
    (Try multiplying it out to see why…)

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