Hi,

What is the general method for factoring 3rd degree polynomials? Such as:

Thanks!

-Masoug

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- Nov 2nd 2010, 05:31 PMmasougHow to Factor 3rd Degree (and Higher) Polynomials
Hi,

What is the general method for factoring 3rd degree polynomials? Such as:

Thanks!

-Masoug - Nov 2nd 2010, 05:39 PMWilmer
Use google; you'll get sites like:

How to Factor Cube Functions | eHow.com - Nov 3rd 2010, 06:43 AMHallsofIvy
The only "general method" for factoring polynomials, even quadratic polynomials, is to solve the equation. If , , ..., are roots of then .

Other than that, you do exactly the sort of thing you do for quadratics- look at the factors of the leading coefficient and constant term and try to distribute them among the factors.

Of course, MOST polynomials, even quadratic polynomials,**cannot**be factored using only integer coefficients, which is what is usually understood by "factoring".