# Thread: Grouping polynomials to show a common factor

1. ## Grouping polynomials to show a common factor

y^3 + y^2 - 3y - 3

I've just gotten transferred to this alien math class in my new school. I just need someone to help me factor this equation so I can get a feeling of what I should do.

So far I've gotten as far as: y(y^2+y-3)-3
I don't think I'm going the right direction, but if I am, what next? Please help ;_;

2. Originally Posted by PandaPanda
y^3 + y^2 - 3y - 3

I've just gotten transferred to this alien math class in my new school. I just need someone to help me factor this equation so I can get a feeling of what I should do.

So far I've gotten as far as: y(y^2+y-3)-3
I don't think I'm going the right direction, but if I am, what next? Please help ;_;
$\displaystyle y^3 + y^2 - 3y - 3 = y^2(y+1) - 3(y+1) = (y+1)(y^2 - 3)$

3. Thanks so much, that was very helpful.
I just need help with one more problem on making something a perfect square trinomial to factor a difference of squares.

a^4 + 4b^4

I don't know the first step.

4. Originally Posted by PandaPanda
Thanks so much, that was very helpful.
I just need help with one more problem on making something a perfect square trinomial to factor a difference of squares.

a^4 + 4b^4

I don't know the first step.
you don't have a difference of squares here. and should that 4 be in front of the b?

5. Originally Posted by PandaPanda
Thanks so much, that was very helpful.
I just need help with one more problem on making something a perfect square trinomial to factor a difference of squares.

a^4 + 4b^4

I don't know the first step.
$\displaystyle a^4 + 4b^4 = (a^2)^2 + (2b^2)^2$
$\displaystyle (a^2)^2 + 2(a^2)(2b^2)+(2b^2)^2 - 2(a^2)(2b^2)$
$\displaystyle (a^2+2b^2)^2 - (2ab)^2 = (a^2 + 2b^2 + 2ab)(a^2+2b^2 - 2ab)$