# Algebra Formulas - Important Formulas in Algebra

This post gives you a quick reference to important Algebraic formulas.

# What is Algebra?

Algebra is a branch of mathematics that substitutes letters for numbers. An algebraic equation depicts a scale, what is done on one side of the scale with a number is also done to either side of the scale. The numbers are constants. Algebra also includes real numbers, complex numbers, matrices, vectors and much more. X, Y, A, B are the most commonly used letters that represent the algebraic problems and equation 1b.

# Important Formulas in Algebra

Here is a list of Algebraic formulas –
• a2 – b2 = (a – b)(a + b)
• (a+b)2 = a2 + 2ab + b2
• a2 + b2 = (a + b)2 – 2ab
• (a – b)2 = a2 – 2ab + b2
• (a + b + c)2 = a2 + b2 + c2 + 2ab + 2bc + 2ca
• (a – b – c)2 = a2 + b2 + c2 – 2ab + 2bc – 2ca
• (a + b)3 = a3 + 3a2b + 3ab2 + b3 ; (a + b)3 = a3 + b3 + 3ab(a + b)
• (a – b)3 = a3 – 3a2b + 3ab2 – b3
• a3 – b3 = (a – b)(a2 + ab + b2)
• a3 + b3 = (a + b)(a2 – ab + b2)
• (a + b)3 = a3 + 3a2b + 3ab2 + b3
• (a – b)3 = a3 – 3a2b + 3ab2 – b3
• (a + b)4 = a4 + 4a3b + 6a2b2 + 4ab3 + b4)
• (a – b)4 = a4 – 4a3b + 6a2b2 – 4ab3 + b4)
• a4 – b4 = (a – b)(a + b)(a2 + b2)
• a5 – b5 = (a – b)(a4 + a3b + a2b2 + ab3 + b4)
• If n is a natural number an – bn = (a – b)(an-1 + an-2b+…+ bn-2a + bn-1)
• If n is even (n = 2k), an + bn = (a + b)(an-1 – an-2b +…+ bn-2a – bn-1)
• If n is odd (n = 2k + 1), an + bn = (a + b)(an-1 – an-2b +…- bn-2a + bn-1)
• (a + b + c + …)2 = a2 + b2 + c2 + … + 2(ab + ac + bc + ….)
• Laws of Exponents (am)(an) = am+n ; (ab)m = amb; (am)n = amn
• Fractional Exponents a0 = 1 ; aman=amn ; am = 1am ; am = 1am

• For a quadratic equation ax2 + bx + c where a ≠ 0, the roots will be given by the equation as b±b24ac2a
• Î” = b2 − 4ac is called the discrimination
• For real and distinct roots, Î” > 0
• For real and coincident roots, Î” = 0
• For non-real roots, Î” < 0
• If Î± and Î² are the two roots of the equation ax2 + bx + c then, Î± + Î² = (-b / a) and Î± × Î² = (c / a).
• If the roots of a quadratic equation are Î± and Î², the equation will be (x − Î±)(x − Î²) = 0

### Factorials

• n! = (1).(2).(3)…..(n − 1).n
• n! = n(n − 1)! = n(n − 1)(n − 2)! = ….
• 0! = 1
• (a+b)n=an+nan1b+n(n1)2!an2b2+n(n1)(n2)3!an3b3+.+bn,where,n>1

# Solved Examples

Question 1: Find out the value of 52 – 32
Solution:
Using the formula a2 – b2 = (a – b)(a + b)
where a = 5 and b = 3
(a – b)(a + b)
= (5 – 3)(5 + 3)
= 2 × 8
= 16

Question 2: 43 × 42 = ?
Solution:
Using the exponential formula (am)(an) = am+n
where a = 4
43 × 42
= 43+2
= 45
= 1024