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  • When factoring, look at what perfect squares you have and pay attention to your signs. x^2 -81 = (x-9)(x+9). When factoring this, we know that 81 is a perfect square. Since there is no middle term and 81 is negative, this can be factored into a difference of squares. x^2+10x+25 For this one, we once again have a perfect square, 25. 25 = 5^2. But, we have a middle term which is positive. This is why we can factor this quadratic into two perfect squares. For more practice, reference Sections 4.3 & 4.4 Specifically, page 253 for these special cases.
  • A cube is any number or variable raised to the third power. So, 2^3 = 8, making 8 a cube. The same applies for variables, such as x^3. This would also be a cube. We’ll take a look at factoring in the next couple slides. Factoring is similar to when we factor a quadratic, except this time, we factor into a binomial and a trinomial. The purpose of factoring is to solve our equations and find our zeros.
  • Do you notice a similarity between the two factorizations? What is similar? What is different?
  • Example 1 How can we check that our factors are correct? You can always double-check your work by multiplying out the polynomial (which is what we did in the last section)!
  • Exercise 1: Difference of cubes x^3 -125 = (x-3)(x^2 +5x+25) Exercise 2: Sum of cubes x^3 + 216 = (x+6)(x^2-6x+36)
  • Now, consider what you would do when we have a coefficient in front of our first term. Well…what would you do if you were told to write that coefficient in terms of a cube? Let’s take a look. Exercise 3: 8x^3 -1 We know that 8 is a cube. 8 may be written as 2^3. So, we can write our polynomial as… (2x)^3 – (1)^3 In this case, our a =2x and b=1. Now, we can use our difference of cubes formula. 8x^3-1 = (2x-1)(4x^2+2x+1) * Common mistake - Be careful and make sure that you are squaring your a correctly…so that you square the two as well to get 4x^2. Exercise 4: Sum of cubes Once again, write your polynomial in terms of cubes! 27x^3 +343 = (3x)^3 + (7)^3 So, when we use our formula, we get (3x+7)(9x^2-21x+49)
  • Also included in this section is factoring out a common monomial (aka the most common factor). This should be a review from prior, only you probably did not do this with as many terms, and some do require further factoring. Example: 3x^4 +9x^2 -6x Look at each term in our polynomial. First, I like to look at our numbers…3, 9, 6. What is in common between each of these? Since a three is in common, we can factor that out of each term. Now, look at our variables. We have x^4, x^2, x. Clearly, x is the common factor, so we will factor that out. Caution: When doing this, be very careful and pay attention to your powers and signs. It is really easy to drop a power or forget to factor out of each term. 3x^4+9x^2-6x = 3x(x^3+3x-2).
  • Exercises: Note, some require further factorization, such as factoring for difference of two squares or perfect square trinomials, like we did in the bell ringer. Exercise 5: 3x^3+9x^2-81 = 3(x^3+9x^2-27) Exercise 6: 4x^4 – 16x^3 +16x^2 Careful, this polynomial can be factored further. = 4x^2 (x^2 -4x + 4) =4x^2 (x-2)(x-2) or 4x^2(x-2)^2 Exercise 7: 2x^5-18x^3 = 2x^3 (x^2 - 9)
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    • 1. Bell Ringer Factor the following: x 2 – 81 x 2 +10x +25 1. 2. Students will be able to factor polynomial equations. Page 356 #3-17
    • 2. Today’s Lesson
        • Goal : Factor Sum & Differences of Cubes
      • Factoring cubes is similar to factoring special cases with quadratics.
      • Questions to consider:
        • What is a cube?
        • How do you think we might factor one?
        • What is the purpose of factoring?
    • 3. Cubes, Cubes, & More Cubes
      • Let’s make a list of cubes!
    • 4. Sum & Difference of Cubes
      • Sum of Cubes:
      • a 3 + b 3 = ( a + b )( a 2 – ab + b 2 )
      • Difference of Cubes:
      • a 3 – b 3 = ( a – b )( a 2 + ab + b 2 )
    • 5. Sum of two Cubes Example
      • Factor the following:
      • x 3 + 27
      • a 3 + b 3 = (a + b)(a 2 – ab + b 2 )
      • x 3 + 27 = (x) 3 + (3) 3
      • = (x + 3)[(x) 2 − (x)(3) + (3) 2 ]
      • = (x + 3)(x 2 − 3x + 9)
      1, 8, 27, 64, 125, 216, 343, 512, 729, 1000…
    • 6. Difference of two Cubes Example
      • Factor the following:
      • x 3 - 64
      • a 3 – b 3 = ( a – b )( a 2 + ab + b 2 )
      • x 3 - 64 = (x) 3 - (4) 3
      • = (x - 4)[(x) 2 + (x)(4) + (4) 2 ]
      • = (x - 4)(x 2 +4x + 16)
      1, 8, 27, 64, 125, 216, 343, 512, 729, 1000…
    • 7. Exercises
      • x 3 – 125
      • x 3 + 216
    • 8. Exercises
      • 8x 3 – 1
      • 27x 3 +343
    • 9. Factor a Common Monomial
      • Take out our greatest common factor!
      • Our goal is to “factor the polynomial completely.”
      • Example :
      • 3x 4 +9x 2 – 6x
      • = 3x(x 3 +3x – 2)
    • 10. Factoring a Common Monomial Exercises
      • 3x 3 + 9x 2 – 81
      • 4x 4 - 16x 3 + 16x 2
      • 2x 5 – 18x 3
    • 11. Homework
      • Page 356
      • #3-17
      • Sum or Difference of Cubes
      • Monomial Factors