Factoring x^2 + bx + c

Factoring x^2 + bx + c

Author: Michael Morgan

Factoring can be a difficult subject to understand. Here is a tutorial on how to factor to help you out.

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What is factoring? 

When we see a certain number such as 24, we just think of it as the number. To explain factoring, you have to look at what can be multiplied to make a particular number, in this case 24. So, now we think of 2 x 12,  6 x 4, and 8 x 3 as well as each sets negatives. Each of these numbers are called factors.

What does that have to do with factoring? 

Factoring is essentially breaking a number down into it's smaller "factors" to simplify an equation.

Factoring x^2+bx+c

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