Factoring Polynomials

Factoring Polynomials

Author: Aaron Nunley
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Factoring the GCF from a Polynomial.

Factoring a Polynomial completely can be done most easily when the GCF is removed from the polynomial first. The video above shows a simple method for doing this.

Source: Original material -- J. Aaron Nunley

Factoring Differences of Squares

Knowing the Differences of Squares Pattern can help students easily factor polynomials of the form a^2 - b^2,

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Factoring Trinomial Squares Patterns

The ability to recognize the Trinomial Squares patterns will help students to factor polynomials more quickly and easily. Students should memorize the patterns:
(a+b)^2 = a^2 +

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Factoring x^2 + bx + c

This is a guess-and-check strategy for finding the factors of a trinomial that does not fit the difference of squares or trinomial squares patterns.

Source: Original Material -- J. Aaron Nunley