# Formulas for Cubic Expressions

$(a+b)^3=a^3+3a^2 b+3ab^2+b^3$
$(a-b)^3=a^3-3a^2 b+3ab^2-b^3$

These are part of the shortened multiplication formulas and refer only to expressions raised to the power of $3$.
We can identify that there are two different formulas: one for the subtraction of the elements and another for the addition of the elements.

$(a+b)^3=a^3+3a^2 b+3ab^2+b^3$
This formula describes a way to express the sum of two elements, when they are within parentheses and are raised as an expression to the power of three.
Pay attention: the formula is also suitable for use with algebraic elements, numbers, or a combination of them.

## Now, let's move on to the second formula for subtraction.

$(a-b)^3=a^3-3a^2 b+3ab^2-b^3$

This formula describes a way to express the sum of two elements, when they are within parentheses and raised as an expression to the power of three.
Pay attention: the formula is also suitable for use with algebraic elements, numbers, or a combination of both.

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## Let's look at an example of the sum formula

When we are given the following expression:
$(X+6)^3=$
We can identify two elements with the plus sign, which are in parentheses and raised to the power of three as a single expression.
Therefore, we can use the corresponding formula.
We will work according to the formula and pay attention to the minus and plus signs.
$(X+6)^3=x^3+3\times x^2\times 6+3\times x\times 6^2+6^3$
$(X+6)^3=x^3+18x^2+108x+216$
In reality, we pronounce the same expression differently using the formula.

## Let's look at an example of the subtraction formula

When we are given the following expression:
$(X-2)^3=$
We can identify two elements with the minus sign, which are within parentheses and raised to the power of three as a single expression.
Therefore, we can use the corresponding formula.
We will work according to the formula, and pay attention to the minus and plus signs.
$(X-2)^3=x^3-3\times x^2\times 2+3\times x\times 2^2-2^3$
$(X-2)^3=x^3-6x^2+12x-8$
Indeed, we pronounce the same expression differently using the formula.

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