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a. First question mark middle line is -6 (=-3*2);

first ? on bottom line is -9 (=-3-6); bottom line is the quotient, and the middle line is the working out;

next ? on middle line is 27 (=-3*-9);

next ? on bottom line is -18 (=-45+27);

last ? on middle line is 54 (=-3*-18); hence 0 on bottom line, meaning no remainder.

2 -9 -18 is the quotient used as the dividend in part b below:

b. Middle line reads + 6 and 18; bottom line quotient: 2 3 0. This implies 2x+3.

The result of these progressive divisions is to factorise the polynomial (cubic): (x+3)(x-6)(2x+3), using the roots or zeroes -3 and 6. The remaining zero is when 2x+3=0, i.e., x=-3/2.

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