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Factoring Trinomials, a is not 1 - Problem 10

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Teacher/Instructor Alissa Fong
Alissa Fong

MA, Stanford University
Teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area

Alissa is currently a teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area and Brightstorm users love her clear, concise explanations of tough concepts

When you're asked to factor trinomials with large numbers, chances are that you have a greatest common factor. You should always look for a GCF first, but even if you have one, the leading coefficient, "a," may still not be one. The examples presented here are done using a guess and check method, but there are multiple methods for factoring the trinomial that remains after the GCF has been factored out.

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