STEPS IN FACTORINGStep #1: Find a Greatest Common Factor to factor out. 32256(56)(2)(3)xxxx xxx xxStep #2: How many terms? 2a: Two terms? Difference of squares 22()()ABA B A BSum of cubes 3322()()ABA B AABBDifference of cubes 3322()()ABA B AABB2b: Three terms? 2AxBx CFind two # s & t adding to B and multiplying to AC If A=1 then 2()()xBx Cxs x tIf A>1 then break up B into s+t AxBx Csx tx CUse factor by grouping. 2c: Four terms? Factor by grouping (look for two pairs that each have a common factor):
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