\( \DeclareMathOperator{cosec}{cosec} \)

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*If \((x+5)^{10}\) is expanded*" ... more - "
*If \((2x+7)^{6}\) is expanded*" ... more - "
*If you expanded \((2x-3)^{15}\), the term containing \(x^6\) can be written as \(\binom{15}{a}\times(2x)^b\times(-3)^c\)*" ... more - "
*In the expansion of \( (x+j)^{9}\) where \(j \in \mathbb{R}\), the coefficient of the term in \(x^7\) is 144.*" ... more - "
*The expansion of \((x + g)^7\), where \(g \in \mathbb{Q}^+\), can be written as:*" ... more - "
*The constant term in the expansion of \(x^4(2x^2+\frac{m}{x})^7\) is 896*" ... more - "
*Consider the expansion of \( (3x+ \frac{c}{x})^8\) where \( c \gt 0 \).*" ... more - "
*Consider the expansion of \( (7-x^2)^{n-1}\) where \(n \in \mathbb{Z}^+\).*" ... more

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To expand \( (2x + 3y)^5 \) using the binomial theorem, we can use the formula:

$$ (a + b)^n = a^n + nC_1 a^{n-1}b + \ldots + nC_r a^{n-r}b^r + \ldots + b^n $$Substituting \( a = 2x \), \( b = 3y \), and \( n = 5 \) into the formula, we get:

$$ (2x + 3y)^5 = (2x)^5 + 5C_1 (2x)^4(3y) + 5C_2 (2x)^3(3y)^2 + 5C_3 (2x)^2(3y)^3 + 5C_4 (2x)(3y)^4 + (3y)^5 $$Simplifying further:

$$ (2x + 3y)^5 = 32x^5 + 160x^4 \cdot 3y + 80x^3 \cdot 9y^2 + 40x^2 \cdot 27y^3 + 10x \cdot 81y^4 + 243y^5 $$Which results in:

$$ (2x + 3y)^5 = 32x^5 + 480x^4y + 720x^3y^2 + 1080x^2y^3 + 810xy^4 + 243y^5 $$This video on the Binomial Theorem is from Revision Village and is aimed at students taking the IB Maths AA Standard level course

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