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Choosing a Strategy for Factoring Polynomials

Step 1: Factor out the GCF.
Step 2: • If two terms,
o is NOT factorable.

• If three terms,
o Use a∙c method

• If four or more terms, try factoring by grouping
Step 3: See if any factors can be factored further.
Step 4: Check by multiplying.

Adapted from Beginning and Intermediate Algebra, 3rd Edition by Martin-Gay