does not need polynomial factoring. You can use reverse order of operations to solve for x directly.

can be re-written as

which can be solved using polynomial factoring. Here you can consider how you can factor in terms of (7x + ?)(x + ?) since the only way to multiply to give 7 is 7*1 since 7 is prime. Alternatively you can factor out 7 to get

and then factor the polynomial in the brackets with the coefficient of x^2, which is 1, and use other methods.

For ,

you can consider methods of substitution or to look for common factors with each of your terms, and then factor out. In this case, we can identify 5u^2 as a common factor between 10u^3 and -5u^2 and hence the equation can be rewritten as

similar method as mentioned above.

What two numbers, a and b, add to give you -1, and multiply to give you -6? Think about what happens if you were to foil (p+a)(p+b) if the two conditions were satisfied.

is already factored.