# Thread: how could i factor this

1. ## how could i factor this

could i factor 6x^2+16x+4?

2. Use the quadratic formula and plug in.

a= 6
b= 16
c= 4

3. Originally Posted by rhcp1231
could i factor 6x^2+16x+4?
This cannot be factored with integer coefficients but can, as dMh said, be factored by first solving the equation $\displaystyle 6x^2+ 16x+ 4= 0$ and using the "factor theorem": If, for polynomial p(x), p(a)= 0, then (x- a) is a factor of p(x).