I'm kind of struggling with factoring when encountering multiple exponents. Can someone please explain the steps to factor the following?
You need to find a common factor - when there are multiple exponents on the same base then the lowest exponent is a factor of all of them - in this case is a factor (and so is 4). In this case you will get a quadratic once you take out the factors - you should check if it factorises to (which it does in this case)
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