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# An Analysis of Factoring Method

Factoring method WARNING For the following lesson you will need a number of vital accessories Pencil most math teachers prefer this--youd want to be able to erase anyway Paper Graphic calculator--TI-82 or better it must be able to let you write programs and run them Knowledge of solving a quadratic equation using the Quadratic Formula or the Quadratic Formula program or otherwise You must currently be taking an algebra course at least one semester into it or you could use this as a for-your-information for those of you that have already taken the course plus youll want some algebra homework involving really difficult polynomials to apply this to If you are disqualified for any of these qualifications it would be most advisable to cease your approach to this trick in mathematics until you have met these standards Or you can just try your best and see if you can figure it out So having trouble factoring polynomials with x squared coefficients of more than one Lets just say you cant find two numbers that added together equal a certain number and multiplied together give you another specific number First of all apply the discriminate test--b2-4ac--to see if it indeed can be factored If the square root of this value is not an integer rather if it is a decimal it cannot be factored it is a prime polynomial However if you get a whole number from this then consider the following system of formulas or equations whichever sounds better for you xyz xyw NOTE Z and W are variables that must be substituted with the correct values depending on the polynomial you are factoring Remember z is the x coefficient or middle term and w is the product of the x2 coefficient or the first term and the last term or what you get from cx0--the term with no variable And of course x and y are the two numbers you so

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