**How to factor polynomials with 4 terms :**

Here we are going to see how to factor polynomials with 4 terms.

**Example 1 :**

Factorize the following polynomial

x^{3} - 2x^{2} - x + 2

**Solution :**

Let p(x) = x^{3} - 2x^{2} - x + 2

Since p(x) is the cubic polynomial, it will have three linear factors.

To find those factors, we use trial and error.

If we get 0 as remainder by applying the value of x = 1, we can decide that x - 1 is one of the factors.

Similarly by applying the values -1,-2,2..... we can get the other factors

x = 1

p(1) = 1^{3} - 2(1)^{2} - 1 + 2

= 1 - 2 - 1 + 2

= 0

So (x - 1) is a factor.

x = -1

p(-1) = (-1)^{3} - 2(-1)^{2} - (-1) + 2

= -1 - 2(1) + 1 + 2

= -1 - 2 + 1 + 2

= 0

So (x + 1) is a factor.

x = 2

p(2) = (2)^{3} - 2(2)^{2} - (2) + 2

= 8 - 2(4) - 2 + 2

= 8 - 8 - 2 + 2

= 0

So (x - 2) is a factor.

Hence the factors are (x - 1) (x + 1) (x - 2).

**Example 2 :**

Factorize the following polynomial

x^{3} + 3x^{2} - x - 3

**Solution :**

Let p(x) = x^{3} + 3x^{2} - x - 3

Since p(x) is the cubic polynomial, it will have three linear factors.

To find those factors, we use trial and error.

If we get 0 as remainder by applying the value of x = 1, we can decide that x - 1 is one of the factors.

Similarly by applying the values -1,-2,2..... we can get the other factors

x = 1

p(1) = 1^{3} + 3(1)^{2} - 1 - 3

= 1 + 3 - 1 - 3

= 0

So (x - 1) is a factor.

x = -1

p(-1) = (-1)^{3} + 3(-1)^{2} - (-1) - 3

= -1 + 3(1) + 1 - 3

= -1 + 3 + 1 - 3

= 0

So (x + 1) is a factor.

x = 2

p(2) = (2)^{3} + 3(2)^{2} - 2 - 3

= 8 + 3(4) - 2 - 3

= 8 + 12 - 5

≠ 0

So (x - 2) is not a factor.

x = -2

p(-2) = (-2)^{3} + 3(-2)^{2} - (-2) - 3

= -8 + 3(4) + 2 - 3

= -8 + 12 + 2 - 3

≠ 0

So (x + 2) is not a factor.

x = 3

p(3) = (3)^{3} + 3(3)^{2} - (3) - 3

= 27 + 27 + 3 - 3

≠ 0

So (x - 3) is not a factor.

x = -3

p(-3) = (-3)^{3} + 3(-3)^{2} - (-3) - 3

= -27 + 27 + 3 - 3

= 0

So (x + 3) is a factor.

Hence the factors are (x - 1) (x + 1) (x + 3).

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