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Factoring Trinomials, a is not 1 - Problem 8

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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

If the leading coefficient, "a", of a trinomial is not one, then the process of factoring is not easy. In these examples, "a" is prime, and we use a guess and check method for factoring using the acronym FOIL to check the product of the binomials. This method is not easy- you get better with practice, but this is an important skills for which you will need persistence!

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