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**allyourbass2212** Hello everyone, I have almost completed the self teaching guide through Algebra I. The last chapters end with quadratic polynomial expressions, equations, and applications e.g. in the form $\displaystyle ax^2+bx+c$

While I was surfing through some posts today I stumbled across this expression. Im not sure what to call $\displaystyle (8a^3+1)$ because it is not a quadratic expression yet it is factored in a seemingly similar manner.

$\displaystyle

(8a^3+1)=(1+2a)(1-2a+4a^2)$

Would some one please tell me what this type of expression is and what the rules for factoring it are?

Also when might I expect to see expressions beyond quadratic polynomials? Algebra II?

Thank you