I need to write up how to find a greatest common factor in a polynomial. I am having a hard time doing so. Could someone help me please?
Math - MathMate, Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 11:12pm
Do you mean greatest common factor in two polynomials?
I would factor each one, circle the common factors, and multiply them together.
x^3-1 = (x-1)(x^2+x+1)
x^2-1 = (x-1)(x+1)
The only common factor is (x-1), so the GCF is (x-1).