HA2 S5.4 Factoring Polynomials (day 1)

HA2 S5.4 Factoring Polynomials (day 1)

Author: Renee Voltin


This packet starts with discussion of the Greatest Common Factor (GCF) and factoring of the GCF.  It then looks at the factoring of the special binomials "Difference of Squares" along with "Difference of Cubes", "Sum of Cubes" and "Perfect Square Trinomials".  Moving from these special cases (two and three terms) to four-term polynomials, "Factor by Grouping" is discussed, as this method is used throughout the factoring of trinomials (a = 1 and a ≠ 1).



  • Factor Polynomials
    • GCF
    • Difference of Squares
    • Perfect Square Trinomial
    • Difference and sum of cubes
    • Factor by grouping    (covered in 'day2' learning packet)
    • Trinomial (a = 1, a ≠ 1)  (covered in 'day2' learning packet)
  • Simplify polynomial quotients by factoring      (covered in 'day2' learning packet)


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Example 1 Greatest Common Factor (GCF)

Example 2 Difference of Squares

Example 3 Perfect Square Trinomials

Example 4 Sum and Difference of Cubes

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