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    [SOLVED] Factoring Polynomials

    Hello, All,
    I my teacher put our math test off till next class. I did not bring my notebook (thinking we were going to test), so I could not ask my 3 questions. She added the section I had questions about to the test. Please help me:

    The directions are,"Factor each term"
    I have three problems here, and if one of you guys could just work them out, I will be able to see the patterns. I know the answers, but I just need to see how they are worked out.

    I tried googling "factoring polynomials) and this forum, but I guess I don't know how to look, so thanks again for your patience.

    (x+3)(x+1)-y(x+1)



    (3x-y)(x^2-2)+(x^2-2)



    3x(y+z)-9x(y+z)^2


    Sorry 'bout the squares. There is a problem with my superscript.
    Last edited by giddy1945; April 16th 2009 at 10:42 AM. Reason: problem with superscript
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    The polynomials you have posted are of the form AB + CB, where the common factor, B, can be pulled out front: AB + CB = B(A + C). To learn how this works, try here.
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    Most humble thanks, but I understand every bit of that link; however, these all have three sets of parentheses. The examples on that link only have two. These problems are more complex, and I am just failing to make the connection.
    Last edited by giddy1945; April 16th 2009 at 11:18 AM.
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    hi

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    You can try to look at it as if you want to "take it apart" as much as possible.
    You look for common factors to pull out.

    In your last,  3x(y+z) -9x(y+z)^{2} = 3x(y+z)(1 - 3(y+z))
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    Thank you. I will mark these solved. If a=(x+3), b=y, and x=(x+1) then i would have ax-bx. If I applied this principle to all three problems, they work out like majic. Thank you, guys.
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