I am so confused on these!!

I get stated and then don't know where to start and where to end. Please help.

6a-3a^2-2ab+a^2b

I started with 3(3a-a^2) but not even sure if that is correct. (Headbang)

Thank you

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- Dec 15th 2008, 10:21 AMtpomaI'm totally confused!
I am so confused on these!!

I get stated and then don't know where to start and where to end. Please help.

6a-3a^2-2ab+a^2b

I started with 3(3a-a^2) but not even sure if that is correct. (Headbang)

Thank you - Dec 15th 2008, 10:34 AMrunning-gag
Hi

- Dec 15th 2008, 10:35 AMmasters
First, factor out an a, then try gouping the terms when you have a 4-term polynomial.

Group the first 2, then the second 2 and pull out common factors.

How's this working out for you? Can you finish up?

I'll finish up since running-gag had a slightly different approach

- Dec 15th 2008, 11:42 AMtpoma
Ok, I am trying this again, can you please tell me if this is correct or anywhere close to what I am trying to accomplish? Thanks

4k-8-k^3+2k^2

I have come up with 2k(2+k^2+2k) I don't feel confident that it is anywhere close to what I am suppose to have. - Dec 15th 2008, 12:39 PMrunning-gag
No (Worried)

- Dec 15th 2008, 02:12 PMtpoma
Quick question,

On this problem why is it that the 9 seems to disapear? It seems to just drop off????

2y^3-18y^2= -28y

My final answer was 2y(y-2)(y-7)=0

2y=0 y-2=0

y=0 y=2

y-7=0 y=7

Where did the 9 go to?? I don't understand it but I think I got it right.

Thanks - Dec 15th 2008, 02:49 PMmasters
Your answers are correct. y = {0, 2, 7}

Here's how it goes:

When you factor the trinomial, the sum of the two factors that make 14 must add to make -9.

You see. The -9y is made up of -7y + -2y. You may see it better this way.

Here, I just replaced the -9y in the middle with the sum of the two factors that made +14. Now, if I group the 4 term polynomial, I arrive at the desired factored result.

- Dec 15th 2008, 02:58 PMtpoma
ahhhh got ya, so I could have used FOIL on this problem once I got the equation set up....didn't even see it in a FOIL format! Thank you for your explination! They always seem to help when I am having problems!! (Clapping)