# Thread: Alg II factoring problem

1. ## Alg II factoring problem

How would one go about factoring the binomial

a^6 - b^3

The only thing I can come up with is a^3 (a-b)(a^2+ab+b^2) , but this can't be right because you would have to distribute the a^3.

Any ideas?

2. Difference of two cubes:

$(a^{2})^{3}-(b)^{3}$

$(a^{2}-b)(a^{4}+a^{2}b+b^{2})$