Factoring in GeneralDate: 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. 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 expressions instead. Paying attention to how factors lead to products will probably help you recognize common factors "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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