Algebra 1 : How to factor a polynomial

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Example Question #1 : Factoring Polynomials

Factor the following:

Possible Answers:

None of the available answers

Correct answer:

Explanation:

We will discuss coefficients in the general equation:

In this case,  is positive and  is negative, and , so we know our answer involves two negative numbers that are factors of  and add to . The answer is:

Example Question #2 : Solving By Factoring

Solve for

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

This is a factoring problem so we need to get all of the variables on one side and set the equation equal to zero. To do this we subtract  from both sides to get 

Think of the equation in this format to help with the following explanation.

We must then factor to find the solutions for . To do this we must make a factor tree of  which is 28 in this case to find the possible solutions. The possible numbers are , , .

Since  is positive we know that our factoring will produce two positive numbers.

We then use addition with the factoring tree to find the numbers that add together to equal . So ,  , and 

Success! 14 plus 2 equals . We then plug our numbers into the factored form of 

We know that anything multiplied by 0 is equal to 0 so we plug in the numbers for  which make each equation equal to 0 so in this case .

 

Example Question #1 : How To Factor A Polynomial

Solve by factoring:

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

By factoring one gets

Now setting each of the two factors to 0 (using the zero property), one gets

or

Example Question #3 : Factoring Polynomials

Solve by using the quadratic formula:

Possible Answers:

 

Correct answer:

 

Explanation:

For the quadeatic equation . Applying these to the quadratic formula

we get 

resulting in

and

Example Question #2 : How To Factor A Polynomial

Find the axis of symmetry and the minimum/maximum value of the following quadratic equation in standard form:

 

Possible Answers:

, Maximum value of the function

, Minimum value of the function

, Minimum value of the function

, Minimum value of the function

, Maximum value of the function

Correct answer:

, Maximum value of the function

Explanation:

If we convert the given quadratic  equation from standard form to vertex form, we get:

 

Hence the axis of symmetry is

 and the minimum value at  is  ( this function is concave down)

Example Question #3 : How To Factor A Polynomial

Write the equation of a circle having (3, 4) as center and a radius of .

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The center is located at (3,4) which means the standard equation of a circle which is:

becomes

which equals to

Example Question #6 : Factoring Polynomials

Factor:

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

This is a difference of cubes.

are all cubes. So the formula for factoring this expression is:

Example Question #4 : How To Factor A Polynomial

Equation of a circle in standard form:

with center  and radius equal to .

Find out the radius and center of circle from the given equation in expanded form:

Possible Answers:

Center:  and the radius =

 The center is  and the radius =

Center :  and the radius =

Center:  and the radius =

Center:  and the radius = 

Correct answer:

 The center is  and the radius =

Explanation:

The given equation in standard form :

Hence the center:  and the radius = .

Example Question #6 : Factoring Polynomials

Factor:

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Difference of 2 squares is equal to the product of the sum and difference of two terms.

 

The two terms here are  and  and the product therefore equals to

Example Question #5 : How To Factor A Polynomial

Simplify:

 

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

By factoring both the numerator and the denominator we get the following:

 

 

If we simplify we get:

 

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