Date: Oct 11, 2012 3:01 PM
Author: justlooking for someone else
Subject: how do you factor this?
Hi, I am teaching my daughter how to factor equations and came across

an expression in a worksheet that looks like below:

1+a+b+c+ab+bc+ca+abc

The answer given (no work shown) shows (a+1)(b+1)(c+1) would be the

factors. Sure enough, when I multiply all those terms, eventually, I

get the above result. How do I go about deciphering how to group and

factor the original equation above. Kinda confused. I was able to

group them and factor somewhat, but could not get it down to the

answer that is listed. Please help.

Thanks

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