A equation which is in the form of ax² + bx + c is known as quadratic equation. Here a,b and c are just numbers. The highest power of these kind of equations will be 2.

(i) If the coefficient is 1 we have to take the constant term and we have to split it as two parts.

(ii) The product of two parts must be equal to the constant term and the simplified value must be equal to the middle term (or) x term.

(iii) Now we have to write these numbers in the form of (x + a) and (x +b)

## Factoring quadratic equations when a isn't 1

(i) If it is not 1 then we have to multiply the coefficient of x² by the constant term and we have to split it as two parts.

(ii) The product of two parts must be equal to the constant term and the simplified value must be equal to the middle term (or) x term.

(iii) Divide the factors by the coefficient of x². Simplify the factors by the coefficient of x² as much as possible.

(iv) Write the remaining number along with x.

Let us see some examples for better understanding.

## Factoring trinomials with leading coefficient 1

Example 1:

Factor x² + 17 x + 60

Solution:

In the first step we are going to check whether we have 1 as the coefficient of x² or not.

Since it is 1. We are going to take the last number. That is 60 and we are going to factors of 60.

All terms are having positive sign. So we have to put positive sign for both factors.

 Here, 10  x 6 = 60 but 10 + 6 = 16 not 1715 x 4 = 60 but 15 + 4 = 19 not 1712 x 5 = 60 and 12 + 5 = 172 x 30 = 60 but 2 + 30 = 32 not 17

(x + 12) (x + 5) are the factors of x² + 17 x + 60.

Let us see the next example of the topic "factoring quadratic equations".

Example 2:

Factor x² -  14 x + 48

Solution:

In the first step we are going to check whether we have 1 as the coefficient of x² or not.

The middle term is negative.So,we have to put negative sign for both factors.

(x - 8) (x - 6) are the factors of x² - 14 x + 48.

Let us see the next example of the topic "factoring quadratic equations".

Example 3:

Factor x² -  x - 6

Solution:

In the first step we are going to check whether we have 1 as the coefficient of x² or not.

The middle and last term are negative.So,we have to put negative sign for large number.

(x + 2) (x - 3) are the factors of x² - x - 6.

Let us see the next example of the topic "factoring quadratic equations".

Example 4:

Factor  x² + 2 x - 24

Solution:

The last term are negative.So,we have to put negative sign for small number.

(x + 6) (x - 4) are the factors of x² + 2x - 24.

Let us see the next example of the topic "factoring quadratic equations".

Example 5:

Factor 2 x² + x - 6

Solution:

To factor this quadratic equation we have to multiply the coefficient of x²  by the constant term

So that we get -12, now we have to split -12 as the multiple of two numbers.

Since the last term is having negative sign.So we have to put negative sign for the least number.

Now we have to divide the two numbers 4 and -3 by the coefficient of x² that is 2.If it is possible we can simplify otherwise we have to write the numbers along with x.

So (x + 2) (2x - 3) are the factors of 2 x² + x - 6

Let us see the next example of the topic "factoring quadratic equations".

Example 6:

Factor 2 x² - 4 x - 16

Solution:

To factor this quadratic equation we have to multiply the coefficient of x²  by the constant term.

Now we have to split -32 as multiple of two numbers. For that we have to write the factors of 32.

Since the last and middle term are having negative sign.we have to put negative sign for the greater number.

Now we have to divide -8 and 4 by the coefficient of x² that is 2..If it is possible we can simplify otherwise we have to write the numbers along with x.

So (x + 2) (x - 4) are the factors of 2 x² - 4 x - 16.

Let us see the the another example to understand the topic factoring quadratics when a is not equal to 1.

Example 7:

Factor 6 x² + 13 x - 5

Solution:

To factor this quadratic equation we have to multiply the coefficient of x²  by the constant term.

If we multiply 6 and -5, we get -30.Now we have to split -30 as the product of two numbers.

The product of -2 and 15 is -30 and the simplified value is 13

So (3x - 1) (2x  + 5) are the factors of 6 x² + 13 x - 5.

Let us see the the another example to understand the topic factoring quadratics when a is not equal to 1.

Let us see the next example of the topic "factoring quadratic equations".

Example 8:

Factor 2 x² - 11 x + 12

Solution:

To factor this quadratic equation we have to multiply the coefficient of x²  by the constant term.

If we multiply 2 and 12, we get 24.Now we have to split 24 as the product of two numbers.

The product of -8 and -3 is 24 and the simplified value is -11.Since the middle term is having negative sign,we have to put negative sign for both 8 and 3.

(x - 4) and (2x - 3) are the factors of the quadratic equation 2 x² - 11 x + 12

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