# Question Video: Evaluating Algebraic Expressions by Factorizing the Sum of Two Cubes Mathematics

If 𝑥𝑦 = 4 and 𝑥 + 5𝑦 = −3, what is the value of 𝑥³ + 125𝑦³?

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If 𝑥𝑦 is equal to four and 𝑥 plus five 𝑦 is equal to negative three, what is the value of 𝑥 cubed plus 125𝑦 cubed?

In this question, we are asked to determine the value of 𝑥 cubed plus 125𝑦 cubed using two equations involving 𝑥 and 𝑦. We might be tempted to try and solve the equations for 𝑥 and 𝑦 or rewrite the expression in terms of a single variable. However, there is an easier method. If we look at the expression whose value we want to find, we can note that it is the sum of two cubes. In particular, it is equal to 𝑥 cubed plus five 𝑦 cubed.

We can then recall that we can factor a sum of cubes using the formula 𝑎 cubed plus 𝑏 cubed is equal to 𝑎 plus 𝑏 multiplied by 𝑎 squared minus 𝑎𝑏 plus 𝑏 squared. Substituting 𝑎 is equal to 𝑥 and 𝑏 is equal to five 𝑦 into the sum of cubes formula gives us 𝑥 plus five 𝑦 multiplied by 𝑥 squared minus 𝑥 times five 𝑦 plus five 𝑦 squared. We can then simplify the second factor to obtain 𝑥 plus five 𝑦 multiplied by 𝑥 squared minus five 𝑥𝑦 plus 25𝑦 squared.

At this point, we know the value of 𝑥 plus five 𝑦. And we can find the value of negative five 𝑥𝑦. However, we do not know the value of 𝑥 squared plus 25𝑦 squared. We can find the value of this expression by noting that it is very similar to the square of 𝑥 plus five 𝑦. Therefore, we will square both sides of one of the given equations to get 𝑥 plus five 𝑦 all squared is equal to negative three squared. We can then distribute the exponent and evaluate to obtain 𝑥 squared plus 10𝑥𝑦 plus 25𝑦 squared is equal to nine.

Remember, we are told that 𝑥𝑦 is equal to four. We can substitute this value into the equation to get 𝑥 squared plus 10 times four plus 25𝑦 squared is equal to nine. We can then rearrange this equation to see that 𝑥 squared plus 25𝑦 squared is equal to negative 31. We can now substitute all of these values into our expression. This gives us negative three multiplied by negative 31 minus five times four. Finally, we can evaluate this expression to see that 𝑥 cubed plus 125𝑦 cubed is equal to 153.