Alissa Fong

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Review of the Methods of Factoring - Problem 12

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Review of the Methods of Factoring - Problem 11

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

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If you are asked to factor a binomial, as always, your first move is to look for a greatest common factor. After that, or even if there is none, see you have a difference of perfect squares where a^2 - b^2 = (a + b)(a - b) or a sum or difference of cubes using the SOAP acronym. Note- there is no way (besides a GCF) to factor a sum of squares.

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