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Factoring by Grouping

Factoring by Grouping

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Examples & practice

Steps to Factor (4 terms):

1.  Divide the polynomial into two groups: 1st half and 2nd half.

2.  Factor the GCF (greatest common factor) out of the 1st half and factor the GCF out of the 2nd half.

3.  You should have a common binomial factor (the part in parenthesis).  If these do not match, check step #2.

4.  Factor out the common binomial factor.

Practice Assignment:

Factoring by grouping practice w/ answer key