Posted by **Julie** on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 4:17pm.

Can someone help me factor this 5x^2+8x+9

What's the technique in factoring

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**Steve**, Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 4:57pm
just a lot of experience, some guesses, and some luck. You know from looking at it that the factors will be of the form

(5x+a)(x+b)

where the two a,b are one each of 1,9.

You need 5b+9a = 8

Now, even a cursory look assures you that there are no such a,b both positive where this can be the case.

A quick check of the discriminant shows that it is 8^2-4*9*5 = 64-180 < 0, so there are no real roots. That means no factors over the rationals.

Is there a typo here? The beast can certainly not be factored.

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