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How to Factor Polynomials

# How to Factor Polynomials

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refers to factoring a polynomial into irreducible polynomials over a given field. It
gives out the factors that together form a polynomial function. A polynomial function is of the form xn + xn -1 +
xn - 2 + . . . . + k = 0, where k is a constant and n is a power. Polynomials are expressions that are formed by
adding or subtracting several variables called monomials. Monomials are variables that are formed with a
constant and a variable of some degree. Examples of monomials are 5x3, 6a2. Monomials having different
exponents such as 5x3 and 3x4 cannot be added or subtracted but can be multiplied or divided by them. Any
polynomial of the form F(a) can also be written as
F(a) = Q(a) x D (a) + R (a)
using Dividend = Quotient x Divisor + Remainder.
If the polynomial F(a) is divisible by Q(a), then the remainder is zero. Thus, F(a) = Q(a) x D(a). That is, the
polynomial F(a) is a product of two other polynomials Q(a) and D(a). For example, 2t + 6t2 = 2t x (1 + 3t).
refers to factoring a polynomial into irreducible polynomials over a given field. It
gives out the factors that together form a polynomial function. A polynomial function is of the form xn + xn -1 +
xn - 2 + . . . . + k = 0, where k is a constant and n is a power. Polynomials are expressions that are formed by
adding or subtracting several variables called monomials. Monomials are variables that are formed with a
constant and a variable of some degree. Examples of monomials are 5x3, 6a2. Monomials having different
exponents such as 5x3 and 3x4 cannot be added or subtracted but can be multiplied or divided by them. Any
polynomial of the form F(a) can also be written as
F(a) = Q(a) x D (a) + R (a)
using Dividend = Quotient x Divisor + Remainder.
If the polynomial F(a) is divisible by Q(a), then the remainder is zero. Thus, F(a) = Q(a) x D(a). That is, the
polynomial F(a) is a product of two other polynomials Q(a) and D(a). For example, 2t + 6t2 = 2t x (1 + 3t).

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How to Factor Polynomials
refers to factoring a polynomial into irreducible polynomials over a given field. Itgives out the factors that together form a polynomial function. A polynomial function is of the form xn + xn -1 +xn - 2 + . . . . + k = 0, where k is a constant and n is a power. Polynomials are expressions that are formed byadding or subtracting several variables called monomials. Monomials are variables that are formed with aconstant and a variable of some degree. Examples of monomials are 5x3, 6a2. Monomials having differentexponents such as 5x3 and 3x4 cannot be added or subtracted but can be multiplied or divided by them. Anypolynomial of the form F(a) can also be written asF(a) = Q(a) x D (a) + R (a)using Dividend = Quotient x Divisor + Remainder.If the polynomial F(a) is divisible by Q(a), then the remainder is zero. Thus, F(a) = Q(a) x D(a). That is, thepolynomial F(a) is a product of two other polynomials Q(a) and D(a). For example, 2t + 6t2 = 2t x (1 + 3t).

Factoring Trinomial Methods
Quadratic polynomial can be factored using the following three methods:1. Factoring by grouping2. completing the square3. Using quadratic formula.Some of the identities used while factoring polynomials are* a2 + 2ab + b2 = (a + b)2* a2 - 2ab + b2 = (a - b)2* a2 - b2 = (a + b)(a - b)* x2 + x(a + b) + ab=(x + a)(x + b)* a3 + b3 = (a + b)(a2 - ab + b2)* a3 - b3 = (a - b)(a2 + ab + b2)

Factoring by Completing the Square
Example:Solve using completing the square x2+4x=12Solution:x2+4x = 12Adding 4 on both sides,x2+4x+4 = 12+4x2+4x+22 = 16(x+2)2 = 16x+2 = [sqrt(16)]x+2 = 4x = 4-2x = 2Read More on

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