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Unformatted text preview: tor 12y2 – 5y. In this case, no number is a common factor between the two terms (specifically, the 12 and the 5 share no common numerical factor), but you can still divide out a common variable factor of "y" from each of the two terms. 12y2 – 5y = y( ) In the first term, you have the "12" and the other "y" factor left over: 12y2 – 5y = y(12y ) In the second term, you have the "5" left over: 12y2 – 5y = y(12y – 5) Factor 2(x – y) – b(x – y). This may look different from what you’ve done above, but really it's not. The two terms, 2(x – y) and – b(x – y), do indeed have a common factor; namely, the parenthetical factor x – y. This may be different from what you're used to seeing referred to as being a "factor", but the factorization process works just the same as before. First, take the common factor out front: 2(x – y) – b(x – y) = (x – y)( ) From the first term, you have a "2" left over: 2(x – y) – b(x – y) = (x – y)(2...
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