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Greatest Common Factors  Problem 6
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
Factoring is the process of taking a polynomial that is a string of sums and differences and rewriting the expression as a product. This is a complicated process, but the first step is always looking for and "undistributing" a greatest common factor if one exists. In these problems, we are looking for what number or letters multiplies into all terms of the polynomial. Don't forget that the exponents are added when we write things as products like this. Lastly, sometimes it is useful to pull out a negative factor, even though it would technically not be the greatest factor.
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Alissa Fong
M.A. in Secondary Mathematics, Stanford University
B.S., Stanford University
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