Algebra II

What multiplies to 4 and adds to -2?

I'm trying to find the zeroes of the function f(x)=x^2-2x-8. I did the AC/B tree (1*-8/-2) and from there I can't figure it out.

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  1. f(x) = x^2 - 2x - 8 = (x-1)^2 - 9
    so, f(x) = 0 at x = 1±√9 = 4,-2
    f(x) = (x-4)(x+2)

    the real question was
    What multiplies to -8 and adds to -2?
    That is, which two factors of 8 differ by 2?

  2. Y = x^2 - 2x - 8.
    -8 = -4*2. Sum = -4 + 2 = -2 = B.
    Y = (x-4)(x+2) = 0.

    x-4 = 0, X = 4.

    x + 2 = 0, X = - 2.

    Solution set: (4,0), (-2, 0).

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