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Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring  Problem 2
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
All right here’s a problem that I want to solve by factoring. But before I can factor this I need to get this equation that’s equal to 0. I need to subtract 15 from both sides before I can do any factoring. x2 plus 2x take away 15 equals 0. Now I’m looking for two numbers whose product is 15 and whose sum is +2.
So you guys have already practiced factoring a lot you know that the numbers I’m going to want to use are +5 and 3. You know where I did that it’s kind of like Foiling in my head I would have as my outsides 5x, my insides will be 3x added together I get +2x.
Okay now I’m going to use the zero product property and write each one of these terms as equal to 0 and then solve for x to find my solutions. Add 3 to both sides and I would have x equals 3, subtract 5 from both sides and I would have x equals 5.
I think those are my solutions let me just check up top. Make sure that when you substitute in 3, 3² is 9 plus 2, 2 times 3 is 6 it should be equal to 15 good let’s test with 5. 5² is 25, 5 times 2 is 10 and I do indeed get 15 as my answer that told me I did this problem correctly. So solving by factoring what you want to do is make sure that your original problem is set equal to 0 before you do any factoring over here on your trinomial.
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Alissa Fong
M.A. in Secondary Mathematics, Stanford University
B.S., Stanford University
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Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring
Problem 1 15,753 viewsSolve by factoring:
x² + 4x = 0 
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Problem 2 12,757 viewsSolve by factoring:
x² + 2x = 15 
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Problem 3 11,481 viewsSolve by factoring:
x² + 6x + 9 = 0 
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Problem 4 11,791 viewsSolve by factoring:
3x² − 18x = 27 
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