Factoring 2-Factor out a negative GCF

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Lesson Summary:

In this lesson, you will learn how to factor out a negative sign from the greatest common factor, and how to recognize opposites, such as a-b and b-a. The transcript walks you through several examples of how to factor out a negative sign, and demonstrates how you can recognize that two terms are opposites. This knowledge will be useful when factoring and can help you recognize alternative forms of the same equation.

Lesson Description:

This is part 2 on factoring, and covers how to factor out a negative sign, and also how to recognize opposites such as a - b and b - a.

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Questions answered by this video:
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  • What does 5x-8 become if you factor our a -1 from both terms?
  • How can you factor -3x-16?
  • How do you find the opposite of a polynomial such as 3x - 9?
  • What is an easy way of writing the opposite of the difference of binomials such as a - b?
  • Why does 7y - 8 = -1(8 - 7y)?
  • Staff Review

    • Currently 4.0/5 Stars.
    This lesson does a bunch more examples of factoring out the GCF. This time, however, the twist is that the GCF of the polynomials is negative. Also discussed is factoring out a -1 and switching all of the signs.