# WGU Factoring Polynomials

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 Author: treborprime ID: 26038 Filename: WGU Factoring Polynomials Updated: 2010-07-08 14:08:59 Tags: WGu QLC1 Factoring Polynomials Folders: Description: QLC1 review Show Answers:

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1. Factoring out the Greatest Common Factor
• Look for the GCF of any polynomial first and then factor it out.
• When dealing with Exponents take out the least exponent of what you see
• You can GCF out a common binomial as well
2. Factor by grouping - done when a polynomial has more than three terms
3. Factoring Trinomials
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coefficient of squared terms is 1
coefficient of squared terms is not 1
Factor by subsitution
• Factoring when the coefficient is 1
• Factoring whene the coefficient is not 1
• Factoring by Substituion
4. Special factoring
Difference of Squares
Perfect Square trinomial
Difference of Cubes
Sum of Cubes
• Remember to look for the ability to square terms - you can easily make a polynomial a difference of squares

• Factor a perfect trinomial

5. Special factoring summarized
These should be memorized
6. A general approach to factoring
7. Solving equations by factoring

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