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    Factoring an Equation

    I'm trying to do pre-calculus with a very shaky foundation in algebra. Fortunately, over the course of the semester I've caught up in many regards to where I need to be. However, I'm still having some problems with factoring equations. I need to factor something that looks like this 6x^2-7x+2. I don't really understand how to start tackling a problem like this.
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    Re: Factoring an Equation

    Quote Originally Posted by fogownz View Post
    I'm still having some problems with factoring equations. I need to factor something that looks like this 6x^2-7x+2. I don't really understand how to start tackling a problem like this.

    If the factors are not easily identifiable, I suggest start looking at the discriminate, b^2-4ac. If that is not a perfect square then the factors are not 'nice'.

    If you know one root, say \alpha, then (x-\alpha) is a factor.
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    Re: Factoring an Equation

    6x^2 - 7x + 2 = (3x-2)(2x-1)

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