Alissa Fong

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Review of the Methods of Factoring - Problem 9

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Review of the Methods of Factoring - Problem 8

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're good at memorizing patterns, you might choose to memorize the pattern for a binomial squared = a^2 + 2ab + b^2. Of course, "a" and "b" might be a variable multiplied by a constant rather than just a variable, which would mean that your middle coefficient might not be 2. Recognizing this pattern is a shortcut that might help you in more complex factoring.

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