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    Factoring

    I've had trouble factoring things like this since I was a freshman. Could someone explain in detail how to factor this.
    2x^2-8x+8
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    Quote Originally Posted by ~berserk View Post
    I've had trouble factoring things like this since I was a freshman. Could someone explain in detail how to factor this.
    2x^2-8x+8
    first rule of factoring ... pull out any factors each term has in common.

    2(x^2 - 4x + 4)

    can you factor the quadratic in ( ... ) now ?

    btw, it's a perfect square
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