Thursday, July 26, 2012

When factoring a binomial such as

4x^2 - 81, look to see if either of the terms are perfect squares. If they are, factoring is very simple.

Take the square root of each term to get

2x and 9

(notice we ignore the - on the 81)

The factored form is just two factors with each term, one with a + in between and one with a - in between

(2x + 9)(2x - 9)

If the terms of a binomial are not both perfect squares, then look for a greatest common factor to factor out.

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