I'm trying to factor
s^3 + 3s^2 + 3s + 1
From pascals triangle I know the answer by looking at it. But when I go to try and factor it showing all work I get stumped.. I can't seem to get (s + 1)^3 when factoring the long way and not just by looking at it.
I've tried grouping, long division, I can't get it. Can anyone show me what I'm missing?
ahhh, I didn't think about splitting up the s^2 and s like that. Tricky!
ahh I see I was trying to use the rational root theorem( I wasn't aware of it's name before now though ) I just messed up with dividing by s + 1. I also see that I wasn't properly finding the roots, though it just happened to work out this time because the leading coefficient is 1. I wasn't aware of p / n. I was only using the numbers the constant was divisible by.
Thanks for the help, I appreciate it!