# Math Help - Factoring a polynomial?

1. ## Factoring a polynomial?

Explain how to factor $x^9 - x^6 -x^3 + 1$? Thanks for the help!

2. ## Re: Factoring a polynomial?

You could work with $y^3-y^2-y+1$ and notice that when y=-1 the expression is zero so that y+1 is a factor.

3. ## Re: Factoring a polynomial?

Think of it as $(x^9 - x^6) - (x^3 - 1)$

Which is equal to $x^6 (x^3 - 1) - (x^3 - 1) = (x^3 - 1)(x^6 - 1)$.

That can be factored a lot more but I'll leave that to you.

4. ## Re: Factoring a polynomial?

You could also use the rational root theorem, although that would take a while.

5. ## Re: Factoring a polynomial?

Originally Posted by Mrdavid445
You could also use the rational root theorem, although that would take a while.
Yeah, it definitely would. I'd just factor it like I showed (or use a tutor's alternative solution, even though it's less intuitive).