Questions and Answers
What is the primary purpose of factoring quadratics?
To solve quadratic equations and find xintercepts
What is the first step in the factoring by grouping method?
Group terms with common factors
What is the AC method used for in factoring quadratics?
Finding two factors of the product of the coefficients of the x^2 and constant terms
What should you look for before attempting to factor a quadratic expression?
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What should you do to check your factors after factoring a quadratic expression?
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What is the most suitable method for factoring a quadratic expression with a negative coefficient of the x term?
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Study Notes
Factoring Quadratics
What is Factoring Quadratics?
 Factoring quadratics is the process of expressing a quadratic expression as a product of two binomials.
Why Factor Quadratics?
 Factoring quadratics helps to:
 Solve quadratic equations
 Find xintercepts of quadratic graphs
 Simplify quadratic expressions
Methods of Factoring Quadratics

Factoring Out the Greatest Common Factor (GCF)
 Factor out the GCF from each term
 Leave the remaining terms in factored form

Factoring by Grouping
 Group terms with common factors
 Factor out the GCF from each group

Factoring Using the AC Method
 Multiply the coefficients of the x^2 and constant terms (AC)
 Find two factors of AC that add up to the coefficient of the x term
 Rewrite the quadratic using these factors
Examples of Factoring Quadratics
 Simple Quadratic: x^2 + 5x + 6 = (x + 3)(x + 2)
 Quadratic with Negative Coefficients: x^2  7x  12 = (x  3)(x  4)
 Quadratic with NonInteger Coefficients: 2x^2 + 5x + 3 = (2x + 1)(x + 3)
Tips and Tricks
 Look for common factors before attempting to factor
 Use the AC method when the coefficient of the x term is negative
 Check your factors by multiplying them together to ensure they equal the original quadratic expression
Factoring Quadratics
Definition and Purpose
 Factoring quadratics is the process of expressing a quadratic expression as a product of two binomials.
 It helps to solve quadratic equations, find xintercepts of quadratic graphs, and simplify quadratic expressions.
Methods of Factoring Quadratics
Factoring Out the Greatest Common Factor (GCF)
 Factor out the GCF from each term.
 Leave the remaining terms in factored form.
Factoring by Grouping
 Group terms with common factors.
 Factor out the GCF from each group.
Factoring Using the AC Method
 Multiply the coefficients of the x^2 and constant terms (AC).
 Find two factors of AC that add up to the coefficient of the x term.
 Rewrite the quadratic using these factors.
Examples of Factoring Quadratics
Simple Quadratic
 x^2 + 5x + 6 = (x + 3)(x + 2)
Quadratic with Negative Coefficients
 x^2  7x  12 = (x  3)(x  4)
Quadratic with NonInteger Coefficients
 2x^2 + 5x + 3 = (2x + 1)(x + 3)
Tips and Tricks
 Look for common factors before attempting to factor.
 Use the AC method when the coefficient of the x term is negative.
 Check your factors by multiplying them together to ensure they equal the original quadratic expression.
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Learn about the process of factoring quadratic expressions as a product of two binomials, its importance in solving equations and finding xintercepts, and methods of factoring.