# help in factoring

• May 29th 2008, 05:45 PM
chris211
help in factoring
can you help me with this problem

factor

45xsquared +60x+20

help me step by step please!!
• May 29th 2008, 05:58 PM
Chris L T521
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Originally Posted by chris211
can you help me with this problem

factor

45xsquared +60x+20

help me step by step please!!

$45x^2+60x+20$

I would first pull out a common factor of 5:

$5(9x^2+12x+4)$

$5({\color{green}9x^2+6x}+{\color{blue}6x+4})$

Pull out a 3x from the first term, and a 2 from the second:

$5\left(3x({\color{red}3x+2})+2({\color{red}3x+2})\ right)$

$5(3x+2)(3x+2)=\color{red}\boxed{5(3x+2)^2}$

Hope this makes sense!! :D