Alissa Fong

MA, Stanford University
Teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area

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Factoring Greatest Common Factor - Concept

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 we have a polynomial that is the sum or difference of monomial terms, we can re-write it as a product using a process called factoring. To do this, we look for the greatest common factor of all of the terms. Look at the coefficients, or numbers first to determine the numerical part of the greatest common factor. Then use the lowest exponent as the variable part of the greatest common factor. You can think of the factoring process as the opposite of distributing, so you can check your work by distributing.

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