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
Factoring General Trinomials
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