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Factoring in General

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Date: 12/22/95 at 14:22:5
From: Anonymous
Subject: Factoring

I have never figured out factoring.  I can sort of do it but I don't
always get it right.  Can you send me information on how to factor
better?

Thanks.
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Date: 6/12/96 at 22:8:55
From: Doctor Gary
Subject: Re: Factoring

This is a very difficult question to answer without knowing
whether you're talking about factoring integers or polynomials
or maybe something else.

However, regardless of what you might be having trouble
factoring, I have a prescription.  Instead of trying to factor
complicated expressions, multiply some relatively simple
"lurking" in bigger expressions.

Remember, always, that an equals sign is a "2-way street".
When we say that:

a(b + c)  =  ab + ac

we're also saying that the right-hand side of the equation can be
factored and re-expressed as the left-hand side.

-Doctor Gary, The Math Forum

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Associated Topics:
Middle School Factoring Expressions
Middle School Factoring Numbers

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