Factoring Special Products

Factoring Special Products

Author: Seth Marx

When reading this, you will develop an understanding of perfect square trinomials and the difference of perfect squares.

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New Terms

Perfect square: a number that when taken the square root of, the answer will be an integer

Square root: a number a such that a2 = n, or the number a such that √n = a

Perfect square trinomials: the answer produced by squaring a binomial (i.e. (x + d)2 = x2 + 2ad + d2)

Difference of perfect squares: satisfies the formula x2 - a2 = (x + a)(x - a)

Perfect Square Trinomials

Difference of Perfect Squares