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# Factoring by Grouping When we use FOIL to multiply two binomials, we multiply the first, outside, inside, and last

terms to get four products: (x + y)(a + b) = ax + bx + ay + by. Sometimes we have no choice but to use this method, but other times we can simplify and arrive at a final answer with a smaller number of terms instead. Since we know how big you are on smaller numbers of things, we will let you know how. Factoring by grouping is like "undistributing" or "unFOILing." You pictured a baked potato too, huh? The simplest situation in which we can factor by grouping is when we have a 4-term polynomial whose first two terms have their own common factor, and whose last two terms have their own common factor. Confused? Check out the examples...they will unwrap the mystery. Then all that will be left to do is to slap on a pat of butter and sprinkle on some bacon bits. Sample Problem Factor by grouping: 6x2 + 3x + 20x + 10. This is a polynomial written with four terms that do not have a single common factor among them. However, the first two terms have a common factor (3x), and the last two terms have a common factor (10). This situation doesn't answer all of our wildest factoring dreams, but we'll take it. By pulling out the common factors for each pair of terms, we can rewrite the original polynomial as 3x(2x + 1) + 10(2x + 1). These two terms now have a common factor of (2x + 1). Seems like we should be able to do something with that information, don't you think? In fact, we can pull out this common factor and rewrite the polynomial as (3x + 10)(2x + 1). User: what is the complete factorization Weegy: In mathematics, factorization or factoring is the decomposition of an object into a product of other objects, or factors, which when multiplied together give the original. Auto answered|Score .6|allybee|Points 8999| User: 3x2 - 6x - 240? Weegy: 3x^2 - 6x - 240 => 3 ( x^2 - 2x - 80 ) => 3 ( x + 8 )( x - 10 ) Auto answered|Score .9211|danimai|Points 1504| User: which is the complete factorization of 25a2 - 100? Weegy: Which of the following is the complete factorization of 25a2 - 100? (5a +10)(5a-10)]