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    [SOLVED] Factor 4x^2+31x-8

    How do you factor 4x^2+31x-8?

    Thanks in advance,

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    Quote Originally Posted by calligrapher View Post
    How do you factor 4x^2+31x-8?

    Thanks in advance,

    ~calligrapher~
    (4x-1)(x+8)
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    Here's a good method for solving quadratics like these when  a > 1

    Multiply a and c and find the factors of there product whose sum is b. In this case  4 \cdot -8 = -32 and  32 = 32 \cdot -1 and  32 + (-1) = 31 These are what numbers you try to get when you foil.

    So it will factor to
     (4x - 1)(x + 8)

    and  x \in \{\frac{1}{4}, -8\}
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    Quote Originally Posted by SnipedYou View Post
    Here's a good method for solving quadratics like these when  a > 1

    Multiply a and c and find the factors of there product whose sum is b. In this case  4 \cdot -8 = -32 and  32 = 32 \cdot -1 and  32 + (-1) = 31 These are what numbers you try to get when you foil.

    So it will factor to
     (4x - 1)(x + 8)

    and  x \in \{\frac{1}{4}, -8\}
    How can it have a solution when it isn't an equation?

    -Dan
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