Elimination Using Multiplication
Prime Factors
Equations Involving Rational Exponents
Working with Percentages and Proportions
Rational Expressions
Interval Notation and Graphs
Simplifying Complex Fractions
Dividing Whole Numbers with Long Division
Solving Compound Linear Inequalities
Raising a Quotient to a Power
Solving Rational Equations
Solving Inequalities
Adding with Negative Numbers
Quadratic Inequalities
Dividing Monomials
Using the Discriminant in Factoring
Solving Equations by Factoring
Subtracting Polynomials
Cube Root
The Quadratic Formula
Multiply by the Reciprocal
Relating Equations and Graphs for Quadratic Functions
Multiplying a Polynomial by a Monomial
Calculating Percentages
Solving Systems of Equations using Substitution
Comparing Fractions
Solving Equations Containing Rational Expressions
Factoring Polynomials
Negative Rational Exponents
Roots and Radicals
Intercepts Given Ordered Pairs and Lines
Factoring Polynomials
Solving Linear Inequalities
Mixed Expressions and Complex Fractions
Solving Equations by Multiplying or Dividing
The Addition Method
Finding the Equation of an Inverse Function
Solving Compound Linear Inequalities
Multiplying and Dividing With Square Roots
Exponents and Their Properties
Equations as Functions
Factoring Trinomials
Solving Quadratic Equations by Completing the Square
Dividing by Decimals
Lines and Equations
Simplifying Complex Fractions
Graphing Solution Sets for Inequalities
Standard Form for the Equation of a Line
Checking Division with Multiplication
Elimination Using Addition and Subtraction
Complex Fractions
Multiplication Property of Equality
Solving Proportions Using Cross Multiplication
Product and Quotient of Functions
Quadratic Functions
Solving Compound Inequalities
Operating with Complex Numbers
Equivalent Fractions
Changing Improper Fractions to Mixed Numbers
Multiplying by a Monomial
Solving Linear Equations and Inequalities Graphically
Dividing Polynomials by Monomials
Multiplying Cube Roots
Operations with Monomials
Properties of Exponents
Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions
Equations Quadratic in Form
Simplifying Square Roots That Contain Whole Numbers
Dividing a Polynomial by a Monomial
Writing Numbers in Scientific Notation
Solutions to Linear Equations in Two Variables
Solving Linear Inequalities
Multiplying Two Mixed Numbers with the Same Fraction
Special Fractions
Solving a Quadratic Inequality
Parent and Family Graphs
Solving Equations with a Fractional Exponent
Evaluating Trigonometric Functions
Solving Equations Involving Rational Expressions
Laws of Exponents
Multiplying Polynomials
Vertical Line Test
Solving Inequalities with Fractions and Parentheses
Multiplying Polynomials
Solving Quadratic and Polynomial Equations
Extraneous Solutions
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Factoring Polynomials

Before factoring any polynomial, write the polynomial in descending order of one of the variables. Then note how many terms there are, and proceed by using one or more of the following techniques.

1. If there are THREE TERMS , look for these patterns:

a. Quadratic trinomials of the form ax + bx + c where a = 1 (QT a = 1) factor into the product of two binomials (double bubble) where the factors of c must add to b.

Example: x - 4x - 12 = (x - 6)(x + 2)

b. Quadratic trinomials of the form ax + bx + c where a 1 (QT a 1) eventually factor into the product of two binomials (double bubble) but you must first find the factors of ac that add to b, rewrite the original replacing b with these factors of ac, then factor by grouping to finally get to the double bubble.

Example: 9x + 15x + 4

ac = (9)(4) = 36

factors of 36 that add to 15: 12 and 3

9x + 12x + 3x + 4 rewrite 15x as 12x + 3x, then factor by grouping 3x(x + 4) + 1(x + 4) = (x + 4)(3x + 1)

c. Quadratic square trinomials (QST) of the form ax + bx + c may factor into the square of a binomial. Look for the pattern where two of the terms are perfect squares, and the remaining term is twice the product of the square root of the squares:

a ± 2ab + b = (a ± b)

Example: 16x - 40x + 25 = (4x - 5)

Note the pattern: Square root of 16 x is 4 x. Square root of 25 is 5.

Twice the product of the square roots: 2(4x)(5) = 40x, which is the middle term

2. Factor all expressions completely. Sometimes, you will need to use two or three types of factoring in a single problem.

Example: -2x + 32

-2x + 32 = factor out the GCF of -2x and 32

-2(x - 16) = factor the difference of squares

-2(x - 4)(x + 4) = factor the remaining difference of squares

-2(x - 2)(x + 2)(x + 4) (remember that the sum of squares is prime)

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