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“The Walk Through Factorer”. Ms. Trout’s 8 th Grade Algebra 1 Resources: Smith, S. A., Charles, R. I., Dossey, J.A., et al. Algebra 1 California Edition. New Jersey: Prentice- Hall Inc., 2001. Directions:.

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### “The Walk Through Factorer”

Ms. Trout’s

Resources:

Smith, S. A., Charles, R. I., Dossey, J.A., et al. Algebra

1 California Edition. New Jersey: Prentice- Hall Inc., 2001.

Directions:
• As you work on your factoring problem, answer the questions and do the operation
• These questions will guide you through

each problem

• If you forget what a term is or need an

example click on the question mark

• The arrow keys will help navigate you through
Click on the size of your polynomial

Binomial

Trinomial

Four Terms

4 Terms: Factor by “Grouping”Ex: 6x³ -9x² +4x - 6
• Group (put parenthesis) around the first two terms and the last two terms

(6x³ -9x²) +(4x – 6)

• Factor out the common factor from each binomial

3x²(2x-3) + 2(2x-3)

• You should get the same expression

• Factor the same expression out and

write what you have left

(2x-3)(3x² +2)

Factoring 4 terms
• Factor by “Grouping”
• After factor by “Grouping”

Click_Here

Factoring Completely
• After factor by “Grouping” check to see if your binomials are the “Difference of

Two Squares”

• Are you binomials the “Difference of Two Squares”?

Yes

No

How do you determine the size of a polynomial?
• The amount of terms is the size of the polynomial.
• The terms are in between addition signs (after turning all subtraction into addition)
• Binomial has 2 terms
• Trinomial has 3 terms
How can you tell if you can factor out a common factor?
• If all the terms are divisible by the same number you can factor that number out.
• Example:

3x² + 12 x + 9

Hint: (All the terms have a common factor of 3)

3 (x² +4x +3)

“Perfect Square Trinomial”

Criteria:

• Two of the terms must be squares (A² & B²)
• There must be no minus sign before the A² or B²
• If we multiply 2(A)(B) we get the middle term (The middle term can be – or +)

Rule:

A² +2AB+B² = (A+B)²

A²-2AB+B²= (A-B)²

Example:

x²+ 6x +9 = (x+3)²

Factoring Trinomials Using “Bottom’s Up”
• Use “Bottom’s Up” to factor
• After “Bottoming Up”

Click_Here

Factoring Completely
• After you factor using “Bottom’s Up”, check to see if your binomials are the “Difference of Two Squares”.
• Are your binomials a “Difference of Two Squares”?

Yes

No

“Bottom’s Up”Ex: 2x² – 7x -4

Mult. First and last terms

2(-4)=-8

• Make your x and label

North and South

• Think of the factors that multiply to the

North and add to the South and

write those two numbers in the East

and West

Write the middle term

-7

-8

1

-8

-7

“Bottoms Up” continued…Ex: 2x² – 7x -4
• Make a binomial of your east and west

(x+1) (x-8)

(the number in front of x²)

(x+1/2) (x-8/2)

• Simplify the fraction to a whole

number if you can and if it is still a fraction bring the bottom number up in front of the x

(2x +1)(x-4)

“Difference of Two Squares”

Criteria:

• Has to be a binomial with a subtraction sign
• The two terms have to be perfect squares.

Rule:

(a²-b²) = (a+b) (a-b)

Example:

(x² -4) = (x +2) (x-2)

After factoring using the “Difference of Two Squares” look inside your ( ) again, is it another “Difference of Two Squares”?

Yes

No

After factoring using the “Difference of Two Squares” look inside your ( ) again, is it another “Difference of Two Squares”?

Yes

No

Congratulations

You have completely factored your polynomial! Good Job!

Click on the home button to start the next problem!

Keep continuing to factor the “Difference of Two Squares” until you do not have any more “Difference of Two Squares”. Then you have factored the problem completely and can return home and start your next problem.