hi, this may take me a while and i really don't want to sound like a maths geek but here goes.

plus it's gonna be harder to explain without the use of arrows. I'm sorry if it looks complicated but it's simple really...

and sorry that i can't put the squared symbol in :P

say you have to sets of brackets; (5y+1) (y+8)

FOIL is a method of expanding them...

the F stands for firsts. and so you time the first terms in each bracket:

5y x y= 5y squared

O stands for outsides, and so you times the outside terms in each bracket:

5y x 8 = 40y

I is for insides and so you times the inside terms in each bracket:

1 x y=1y

L is for lasts and you times the last terms in each bracket:

1 x 8=8

then you add it all together:

5y squared + 40y + 1y +8

then simplify:

5y squared +41y +8

hope this makes sense, it would be a lot easier to have someone properly talk to you but oh well.

have fun with your maths (:

beautiful_girl asked:

30 Oct 2009

## Foil Method! Help!!

Guys, please help me! My teacher told me to search the mathematician who discovered the FOIL Method.This is in Algebra subject...But I can't find it in the internet or books....So I'm totally freaking out! I can't present anything!The deadline is on November 9...I just want to pass it early for some points...Please guys..help!