Simplify an Expression With Four Terms by Factoring

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Taught by mrbrianmclogan
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Errors in this video:

At about the 0:59 mark, the teacher puts parentheses on the board, but he changes the meaning of the expression by putting them where he does; the expression should look like: (x^2y-ax)-(xy-a) OR (x^2y-ax)+(-xy+a).

Lesson Summary:

In this lesson, you'll learn how to simplify an expression with four terms by factoring. First, you'll identify what each term shares in common. If none of the terms share a factor, you can try factoring by grouping. You'll then take the first two terms and the last two terms and look for a factor that can be factored out of both of them. Once you've factored out the common factor, you'll be left with two terms that are exactly the same. You can then factor out those two terms to simplify the expression.

Lesson Description:

Simplify an expression with four terms by factoring

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Questions answered by this video:
  • How do I factor by grouping?
  • How do I simplify an expression that has 4 terms by factoring when there is nothing that all four terms share?
  • How can I factor x^2y-ax-xy+a?
  • Staff Review

    • Currently 4.0/5 Stars.
    In this lesson, the teacher shows an example of factoring by grouping. He factors a polynomial with 4 terms, and there is nothing that all 4 terms share.