# algebra

Factor 2x squared minus 5x minus 3.

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1. Here we see that the x² term has a coefficient of 2, so the factorized form will be (x±?)(2x±?).
From the constant term of -3, we know that the factorized expression can only be (?x±1)(?x±3).
A couple of tries will give the correct answer, noting that the middle term is -5x:
2x²-5x-3
=(2x+1)(x-3)

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