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Think about this expression
What can you say about it?
Try some values of $n$.
Choose a base or work generally. What happens if you change the base?
What do you notice?
This comes in two parts, with the first being less fiendish than the second. Itâ€™s great for practising both quadratics and laws of indices, and you can get a lot from making sure that you find all the solutions. For a real challenge (requiring a bit more knowledge), you could consider finding the complex solutions.
You're invited to decide whether statements about the number of solutions of a quadratic equation are always, sometimes or never true.
This will encourage you to think about whether all quadratics can be factorised and to develop a better understanding of the effect that changing the coefficients has on the factorised form.