In this lesson, you will learn how to Factor General Trinomials. After understanding groupings and rules for signs, you will dive into using the GCF as well as prime polynomials to solve equations. Four additional comprehensive examples make sure you understand the new concepts.
To factor a trinomial with a leading coefficient which is not 1, use trial and error to find the binomial factors.
Remember that the signs of the constant terms of the factors are based on the signs of the linear and constant terms of the trinomial. Review the material in the previous section to understand these ideas.
Keep in mind that not every trinomial factors into two binomial factors. Trinomials that do not are called prime trinomials.
You can solve some quadratic equations by factoring the trinomial and then using the zero product property
*These practice questions are only helpful when you work on them offline on a piece of paper and then use the solution steps function to check your answer.
Factoring General Trinomials
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