Posted by Kate on Sunday, January 3, 2010 at 1:25pm.
I haven't done factoring in ages
I'm trying to factor this
X^2  2X + 8
If i remeber correctly sense the leading coefficent is 1 the factored form is in this format
(XA)(XB)
which would give you
X^2 AX  Bx + AB
or simply
X^2 (A+B)X +AB
so then in my problem
(A+B)X = 2
AB = 8
So I don't know were to go from here
What is the real way to do this? Not the way they teach you in 8 grade with the table and the gaint X but the real mathematical way to do this? Not just guess and check in your head tell you find an answer but the real way a professional person would do this? Guessing and checking takes to long?
so please tell me the REAL way to do this not just guessing and checking. I also don't know the answer to this problem...
Thanks!!!

Math  Reiny, Sunday, January 3, 2010 at 1:31pm
If the leading coefficient is 1, then what you describe is correct
that is,
you are looking for two numbers A and B so their product is the constant at the end, and their sum is the middle coefficient.
so we are looking for two numbers whose product is +8 and their sum is 2
(there are no such rational numbers)
Are you sure the last number wasn't 8 ?
Then the two numbers would have been 4 and +2
for (x4)(x+2)
The way you typed it, there would be no factors with rational numbers.
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