Factoring

posted by Jaz

Can you show me how to factor x-5x^2-6x^3, and why each step is done? I'm not sure how to factor something where the x is in front instead of the highest power, and something with both a ^2 and ^3 variable. Thanks!

1. Reiny

ahh, should have looked at this one first.

x-5x^2-6x^3
= -x(6x^2 + 5x - 1)
= -x(6x + 1)(x - 1)

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