In this lesson, the focus is on factoring a trinomial by taking out common terms. The first step is always to factor out what the terms have in common, which in this case is x squared and 2. This leaves us with a trinomial, which we can then factor by looking at the coefficient of the terms. By finding two numbers that multiply to give the constant term and add to give the coefficient of the linear term, we can factor the trinomial. Combining these steps allows us to quickly and easily factor trinomials by taking out common terms first.
Factoring a trinomial by factoring out common terms first
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