Please forgive me for any placement errors of the thread or ah..pretty much any errors here. Being new and all I feel a bit intimidated here.

Anyway, as the topic says I'm currently stuck with factoring some polynomials. We're given one factor and we have to find the rest. Process is through synthetic substitution.

$\displaystyle 3x^³ - 4x^² - 17x + 6; x + 2$

Now, I can work through most problems dealing with this. But what I'm stuck on...is the very first number. Does it effect the outcome of the problem at all? Anything you should do with it before attempting to solve or do you just go through with it and mess with it at the end?