1. ## factorise

hi this is my question:
i need to factorise, x^2-8x+12=?
i know it has two brackes and they both start with x but im not sure how to find out the numbers in side the brackets? how would i do this??
Thanks!

2. Originally Posted by andyboy179
hi this is my question:
i need to factorise, x^2-8x+12=?
i know it has two brackes and they both start with x but im not sure how to find out the numbers in side the brackets? how would i do this??
Thanks!
Have you looked at -2 and -6 (also have you learned about the discriminant)?

3. i don't think we have learnt about discrininant. if i do the -2 and -6 what would that make because i think i have to make 8.

4. Originally Posted by andyboy179
i don't think we have learnt about discrininant. if i do the -2 and -6 what would that make because i think i have to make 8.
Your problem shows -8, not 8 so what happens when you add -2 with -6?

5. oh ye, sorry i read it wrong! Thnakyou very much!

6. You're welcomed (you can do yourself a favor by reading up on the discriminant).