Section P.4 Factoring Polynomials

Before Starting This Section, Review

  1. 1 Exponents (Section P.2 )

  2. 2 Polynomials (Section P.3 )

  3. 3 Value of algebraic expressions (Section P.1 , page 11)


  1. 1 Identify and factor out the greatest common monomial factor.

  2. 2 Factor trinomials with a leading coefficient of 1.

  3. 3 Factor perfect-square trinomials.

  4. 4 Factor the difference of squares.

  5. 5 Factor the difference and sum of cubes.

  6. 6 Factor by grouping.

  7. 7 Factor trinomials.

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