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How To Do Factoring

Education : Maths

Let's imagine you are asked to factor:

2xy^2 + 2xyz

How to do it?

It's quite simple: look for the COMMON TERMS between the two expressions, and then put these outside the brackets, and the remnants inside.

So, with this equation notice that we have 2xy on BOTH sides of the equation.

Thus we re-arrange to this:

2xy(y + z)

So, in summary this type of question is really just pattern spotting: see the common pattern between both sides, and the factor presents itself.

By: Chris

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