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Polynomials and Factoring
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* Finish up Sec. 7.6 on Polynomials and Factoring
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Factoring Polynomials : A few special cases.
Factoring Polynomials: A few special cases.
Difference of cubes :
More complex cases : when the lead coefficient is not 1.
Factor the following trinomials:
Other Methods of Factoring:
1. Common Factor Quotient (CFQ) Method
2. Tic-Tac-Toe Method
First, we'll illustrate the CFQ method of factoring.
(Full description on next slide).
Factor the following trinomial using the CFQ Method:
Using the Common Factor Quotient (CFQ) Method of Factoring:
To factor ax^2 + bx + c:
1. The first step is to set up the following:
3. Place e and f as shown:
Example: Factor 24x^2 + 25x + 6.
Next, let's illustrate the Tic-Tac-Toe Method.
Using the Tic-Tac-Toe Method of Factoring
Example: Factor 24x^2 + 25x + 6 (same example as CFQ).
1. Put the first term of the trinomial in cell a
2. Put the last term of the trinomial in cell b
3. Cell c is equal to the product of cell a times cell b (first term times last term)
4. The target sum is equal to the middle term.
5. The next step is the key cells, f and i. Cell f times cell i should equal cell c
and add to the target sum. At this point cell f and i are interchangeable
6. Cell d is the greatest common factor of cell a and cell f.
7. The rest of the cells can be filled in by finding the missing factor (cell d times
cell e results in cell f; cell d times cell g results in cell a, …)
8. The factors of the trinomial are on the diagonals of cells
More practice: Factor completely.