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EducationFactoring Polynomials
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It will help you factor polynomials

                 
Reverse-distribute the largest number that evenly divides all coefficients and the smallest degree of each variable.
YES
Is there a Greastest Common Factor amongst all the terms?
NO
Are there four terms?
YES
Use Factoring by Grouping (section 6.1)
Repeat at step 1 for each factor.





NO




 
 
Are there three terms?
YES
Is the lead coeffiecient 1?
YES
Do "reverse FOIL". find the factors of the last term that add to the middle term.





NO


NO


Are each A and B a square?
YES
Is it a difference?
NO
Are there two terms?
Do either "reverse FOIL" factors of the outside that cross to add to the middle, OR Tri by Grouping.
Repeat at step 1 for each factor.

YES


NO






Factors are (A+B)(A-B)
The polynomial is prime.
 
Repeat at step 1 for each factor.
 









Repeat at step 1 for each factor.