Rewrite <math><mstyle displaystyle="true"><msup><mrow><mo>(</mo><mi>x</mi><mo>-</mo><mn>2</mn><mo>)</mo></mrow><mrow><mn>2</mn></mrow></msup></mstyle></math> as <math><mstyle displaystyle="true"><mrow><mo>(</mo><mi>x</mi><mo>-</mo><mn>2</mn><mo>)</mo></mrow><mrow><mo>(</mo><mi>x</mi><mo>-</mo><mn>2</mn><mo>)</mo></mrow></mstyle></math> .

Apply the distributive property.

Apply the distributive property.

Apply the distributive property.

Simplify each term.

Multiply <math><mstyle displaystyle="true"><mi>x</mi></mstyle></math> by <math><mstyle displaystyle="true"><mi>x</mi></mstyle></math> .

Move <math><mstyle displaystyle="true"><mo>-</mo><mn>2</mn></mstyle></math> to the left of <math><mstyle displaystyle="true"><mi>x</mi></mstyle></math> .

Multiply <math><mstyle displaystyle="true"><mo>-</mo><mn>2</mn></mstyle></math> by <math><mstyle displaystyle="true"><mo>-</mo><mn>2</mn></mstyle></math> .

Subtract <math><mstyle displaystyle="true"><mn>2</mn><mi>x</mi></mstyle></math> from <math><mstyle displaystyle="true"><mo>-</mo><mn>2</mn><mi>x</mi></mstyle></math> .

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