Factoring Polynomials

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  1. Greatest Common Factor:
    • The largest number and greatest amount of
    • variables that are factors of each term.
    • In other words, we're looking for a number that divides evenly into all values.
  2. Identify the GCF among the numbers given using the grouping method:

    20, 24 and 100



    • Use the "factor tree" for 100 if needed:

    Now, look and see all the factors that appear in all three listings:

    So two factors of 2 are common to all 3 listings. Which gives us the answer:

    GCF = 22 = 4

    Another way to solve this would be to write the product of common prime factors, with each factor raised to the lowest exponent to which it appears. In this example, the only common prime factor is 2. And the smallest exponent to which it appear is the second power.

  3. Identify the GCF among the numbers given:

    30, 75, 90
  4. Identify the GCF:

    20x5 - 8x4 + 12x2
    GCF = 4x2

    20x5 =  

    8x4  =   

    12x2 =  

  5. Identify the GCF:

    18a3b2 - 24a4bc

    • 18a3b2 = 2*3*3*a*a*a*b*b 
    • 24a4bc = 2*2*2*3*a*a*a*a*b*c

  6. Identify the GCF within a binomial:

    3x(3y+7) - 4(2y+7)
    GCF = 2y+7

    3x(3y+7) - 4(2y+7)
  7. Identify the GCF:

    GCF = a + b
  8. Factor out the GCF:

    20x5 - 8x4 + 12x2
    Step 1: Find the GCF: 4x

    Step 2: We want to find a product of the GCF            (4x2) and another polynomial that                when multiplied equals the                          original polynomial.

    Step 3: Use an empty set of parentheses as             a placeholder for three terms:

    4x2 (__ - __+__)

    Step 4: 4x2 times what will give me 20x5 ?

    4x2 (5x3 -__ + __)

    Step 5: 4x2 times what will give me -8x4 ?

    4x2 (__ -2x2 + __)

    • Step 6: 4x2 times what will give me 12x2 ?
    • 4x2 (__ -__ + 3)

    Step 7: You can check using multiplication.

    4x2 (5x3 -2x2 +3)   = 20x5-8x4 +12x2
  9. Factor out the GCF:

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Factoring Polynomials
2014-03-31 12:44:11
Algebra Factoring Polynomials
Factoring Polynomials
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