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    Question Questions about factoring an equation with 3rd degree and 2nd degree

    2x^3+3x^2-1

    This is the equation that needs to be fully factored. So, from what I see here it would be impossible to factor it normally, since 1 can't be multiplied by 3 or any other number to get 1 other then 1.

    I figure this is a good idea to use factor theorem. I figured out that p(-1) =0 that would mean that x+1 is a factor of this equation.

    next I did division



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    I got stuck half way through the division when I reached the (x^2 -1)(x^2-x) I don't think i can subtract 1-x. Not sure where to go from here. any help appreciated.
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    "I figured out that p(-1) = 0 that would mean that x+1 is a factor of this equation." Good, so you have: 2x^3+3x^2-1=2x^3+2x^2+x^2+x-x-1=(x+1)(2x^2+x-1).
    I don't understand what you did in that picture, but from here, in general ax^2+bx+c=0 can be factored: a(x-x_1)(x-x_2).

    (x^2-1)(x^2-x) ~ a^2-b^2=(a+b)(a-b), for the second bracket x is common factor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sara213 View Post
    2x^3+3x^2-1

    This is the equation that needs to be fully factored. So, from what I see here it would be impossible to factor it normally, since 1 can't be multiplied by 3 or any other number to get 1 other then 1.

    I figure this is a good idea to use factor theorem. I figured out that p(-1) =0 that would mean that x+1 is a factor of this equation.

    next I did division



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    I got stuck half way through the division when I reached the (x^2 -1)(x^2-x) I don't think i can subtract 1-x. Not sure where to go from here. any help appreciated.
    Your idea is sound but you need to remember to include all powers of x when you do division

    To clarify you started with

    2x^3+3x^2-1=2x^3+3x^2+0x-1

    \begin{array}{crrrrrrr}<br />
 & 2x^2&+& x &-&1 &&\\ \cline{2-8}<br />
(x+1)  \vline &  2x^3 &+&  3x^2&+&0&-&1 \\ <br />
&-(2x^3 & + & 2x^2) & &&&\\<br />
&&& x^2 & + & 0x &&\\<br />
&&&-(x^2 & + & x) &&\\<br />
&&&&&-x & - & 1 \\<br />
&&&&&-(-x & - & 1) \\<br />
&&&&&&&0<br /> <br />
\end{array}
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheEmptySet View Post
    Your idea is sound but you need to remember to include all powers of x when you do division

    To clarify you started with

    2x^3+3x^2-1=2x^3+3x^2+0x-1

    \begin{array}{crrrrrrr}<br />
 & 2x^2&+& x &-&1 &&\\ \cline{2-8}<br />
(x+1)  \vline &  2x^3 &+&  3x^2&+&0&-&1 \\ <br />
&-(2x^3 & + & 2x^2) & &&&\\<br />
&&& x^2 & + & 0x &&\\<br />
&&&-(x^2 & + & x) &&\\<br />
&&&&&-x & - & 1 \\<br />
&&&&&-(-x & - & 1) \\<br />
&&&&&&&0<br /> <br />
\end{array}
    Sorry about the picture...I tired to post it form math type into here and it became huge so I did a gif but that didn't work out well. I wanted to show the division in full process but I couldn't figure out how to add the spaces.

    Your right...I forgot about adding the 0x...thank you though. I kind of feel stupid now..lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by sara213 View Post
    2x^3+3x^2-1

    This is the equation that needs to be fully factored. So, from what I see here it would be impossible to factor it normally, since 1 can't be multiplied by 3 or any other number to get 1 other then 1.

    I figure this is a good idea to use factor theorem. I figured out that p(-1) =0 that would mean that x+1 is a factor of this equation.

    next I did division



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    I got stuck half way through the division when I reached the (x^2 -1)(x^2-x) I don't think i can subtract 1-x. Not sure where to go from here. any help appreciated.


    Besides long division you can do this by simple "eye", meaning: just complete the second factor to what you need:

    2x^3+3x^2-1=(x+1)(2x^2+x-1) ...how did I find the factor 2x^2+x-1 ? Well, we need 2x^3 , so we must

    multiply x\mbox { by  } 2x^2 . After this we need 3x^2 , and we already have (x+1)(2x^2...) , so we have so

    far only 2x^2 , so we need to add x ...and etc.

    Of course, after this we can continue 2x^2+x-1=(x+1)(2x-1) and etc.

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