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Hi! I have a few questions about Factoring Quadratic Expressions.

My first one is 12x^2+x=6. How would you facor that?

My second is how would x^4-1 equal the answer 1(x^4-1)(x^2=1)(x^2-1)?

Finally, how would you factor something such as -3x(x+2)-8(x+2), when there is no common factor other than one?

Thank you so much for your assistance! :)

  • Algebra -

    12 x^2 + x - 6 = 0
    I solved the quadratic and got 2/3 and -3/4 so then tried

  • Algebra -

    x^4-1 is difference of two squares

  • Algebra -

    for 12x^2+x=6 write is as
    12x^2+x-6 = 0
    then (3x-2)(4x+3) = 0

    x^4-1 factors to
    (x^2 -1)(x^2 + 1)

    for -3x(x+2)-8(x+2) you should see that ((x+2) is a common factor, so

    = (x+2)(-3x-8)
    = -(x+2)(3x+8)

  • Algebra -

    sure there is a common factor -- (x+2)

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