Summary of the factoring methods When factoring polynomials, you should look for factoring in the following order. 1. Look for the greatest common factor if one exists. 2. If there are two terms, look for the difference of square numbers. 3. If there are three terms, look for a pattern that applies to ax 2 + bx + c . 4. If there are four or more terms, look for some type of regrouping that will lead to other factoring. Note:
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course MATH 1310 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.