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1 9.8 Factor Polynomials Completely Before You factored polynomials. Now You will factor polynomials completely. Why? So you can model the height of a projectile, as in Ex. 71. Key Vocabulary factor by grouping factor completely You have used the distributive property to factor a greatest common monomial from a polynomial. Sometimes, you can factor out a common binomial. E XAMPLE 1 Factor out a common binomial Factor the expression. a. 2x(x 1 4) 2 3(x 1 4) b. 3y 2 (y 2 2) 1 5(2 2 y) a. 2x(x 1 4) 2 3(x 1 4) 5 (x 1 4)(2x 2 3) b. The binomials y 2 2 and 2 2 y are opposites. Factor 21 from 2 2 y to obtain a common binomial factor. 3y 2 (y 2 2) 1 5(2 2 y) 5 3y 2 (y 2 2) 2 5(y 2 2) Factor 21 from (2 2 y). 5 (y 2 2)(3y 2 2 5) Distributive property GROUPING You may be able to use the distributive property to factor polynomials with four terms. Factor a common monomial from pairs of terms, then look for a common binomial factor. This is called factor by grouping. E XAMPLE 2 Factor by grouping Factor the polynomial. a. x 3 1 3x 2 1 5x 1 15 b. y 2 1 y 1 yx 1 x CHECK WORK Remember that you can check a factorization by multiplying the factors. a. x 3 1 3x 2 1 5x (x 3 1 3x 2 ) 1 (5x 1 15) Group terms. 5 x 2 (x 1 3) 1 5(x 1 3) Factor each group. 5 (x 1 3)(x 2 1 5) Distributive property b. y 2 1 y 1 yx 1 x 5 (y 2 1 y) 1 (yx 1 x) Group terms. 5 y(y 1 1) 1 x(y 1 1) Factor each group. 5 (y 1 1)(y 1 x) Distributive property 606 Chapter 9 Polynomials and Factoring

2 E XAMPLE 3 Factor by grouping Factor x x 2 3x 2. The terms x 2 and 26 have no common factor. Use the commutative property to rearrange the terms so that you can group terms with a common factor. x x 2 3x 2 5 x 3 2 3x 2 1 2x 2 6 Rearrange terms. 5 (x 3 2 3x 2 ) 1 (2x 2 6) Group terms. 5 x 2 (x 2 3) 1 2(x 2 3) Factor each group. CHECK 5 (x 2 3)(x 2 1 2) Distributive property Check your factorization using a graphing calculator. Graph y 1 5 x x 2 3x 2 and y 2 5 (x 2 3)(x 2 1 2). Because the graphs coincide, you know that your factorization is correct. GUIDED PRACTICE for Examples 1, 2, and 3 Factor the expression. 1. x(x 2 2) 1 (x 2 2) 2. a 3 1 3a 2 1 a y 2 1 2x 1 yx 1 2y READING If a polynomial has two or more terms and is unfactorable, it is called a prime polynomial. FACTORING COMPLETELY You have seen that the polynomial x can be factored as (x 1 1)(x 2 1). This polynomial is factorable. Notice that the polynomial x cannot be written as the product of polynomials with integer coefficients. This polynomial is unfactorable. A factorable polynomial with integer coefficients is factored completely if it is written as a product of unfactorable polynomials with integer coefficients. CONCEPT SUMMARY For Your Notebook Guidelines for Factoring Polynomials Completely To factor a polynomial completely, you should try each of these steps. 1. Factor out the greatest common monomial factor. 3x 2 1 6x 5 3x(x 1 2) (Lesson 9.4) 2. Look for a difference of two squares or a perfect x 2 1 4x (x 1 2) 2 square trinomial. (Lesson 9.7) 3. Factor a trinomial of the form ax 2 1 bx 1 c into a product 3x 2 2 5x (3x 1 1)(x 2 2) of binomial factors. (Lessons 9.5 and 9.6) 4. Factor a polynomial with four terms by grouping. x 3 1 x 2 4x (x 2 1 1)(x 2 4) (Lesson 9.8) 9.8 Factor Polynomials Completely 607

3 E XAMPLE 4 Factor completely Factor the polynomial completely. a. n 2 1 2n 2 1 b. 4x x x c. 50h 4 2 2h 2 a. The terms of the polynomial have no common monomial factor. Also, there are no factors of 21 that have a sum of 2. This polynomial cannot be factored. b. 4x x x 5 4x(x x 1 24) Factor out 4x. 5 4x(x 2 3)(x 2 8) Find two negative factors of 24 that have a sum of 211. c. 50h 4 2 2h 2 5 2h 2 (25h 2 2 1) Factor out 2h h 2 (5h 2 1)(5h 1 1) Difference of two squares pattern GUIDED PRACTICE for Example 4 Factor the polynomial completely. 4. 3x x 5. 2y y y 6. m 3 2 2m 2 2 8m E XAMPLE 5 Solve a polynomial equation Solve 3x x x. 3x x x 3x x x 5 0 Write original equation. Add 24x to each side. 3x(x 2 1 6x 1 8) 5 0 Factor out 3x. 3x(x 1 2)(x 1 4) 5 0 3x 5 0 or x or x Factor trinomial. x 5 0 x 522 x 524 Solve for x. c The solutions of the equation are 0, 22, and 24. CHECK Zero-product property Check each solution by substituting it for x in the equation. One check is shown here. 3(22) (22) (22) GUIDED PRACTICE for Example 5 Solve the equation. 7. w 3 2 8w w x x c 3 2 7c c Chapter 9 Polynomials and Factoring

4 E XAMPLE 6 Solve a multi-step problem TERRARIUM A terrarium in the shape of a rectangular prism has a volume of 4608 cubic inches. Its length is more than 10 inches. The dimensions of the terrarium are shown. Find the length, width, and height of the terrarium. STEP 1 Write a verbal model. Then write an equation. Volume (cubic inches) 5 Length (inches) p Width (inches) p Height (inches) (36 2 w) p w p (w 1 4) STEP 2 Solve the equation for w (36 2 w)(w)(w 1 4) Write equation w w 2 w Multiply. Subtract 4608 from each side. 0 5 (2w w 2 ) 1 (144w ) Group terms w 2 (w 2 32) 1 144(w 2 32) Factor each group. 0 5 (w 2 32)(2w ) Distributive property (w 2 32)(w ) Factor 21 from 2w (w 2 32)(w 2 12)(w 1 12) Difference of two squares pattern w or w or w Zero-product property w 5 32 w 5 12 w 5212 Solve for w. STEP 3 Choose the solution of the equation that is the correct value of w. Disregard w 5212, because the width cannot be negative. You know that the length is more than 10 inches. Test the solutions 12 and 32 in the expression for the length. Length or Length The solution 12 gives a length of 24 inches, so 12 is the correct value of w. STEP 4 Find the height. Height 5 w c The width is 12 inches, the length is 24 inches, and the height is 16 inches. GUIDED PRACTICE for Example DIMENSIONS OF A BOX A box in the shape of a rectangular prism has a volume of 72 cubic feet. The box has a length of x feet, a width of (x 2 1) feet, and a height of (x 1 9) feet. Find the dimensions of the box. 9.8 Factor Polynomials Completely 609

5 9.8 EXERCISES SKILL PRACTICE HOMEWORK KEY 5 WORKED-OUT SOLUTIONS on p. WS1 for Exs. 13, 23, and 71 5 STANDARDIZED TEST PRACTICE Exs. 2, 12, 41, 55, 71, and VOCABULARY What does it mean for a polynomial to be factored completely? 2. WRITING Explain how you know if a polynomial is unfactorable. EXAMPLE 1 on p. 606 for Exs BINOMIAL FACTORS Factor the expression. 3. x(x 2 8) 1 (x 2 8) 4. 5y(y 1 3) 2 2(y 1 3) 5. 6z(z 2 4) 2 7(z 2 4) 6. 10(a 2 6) 2 3a(a 2 6) 7. b 2 (b 1 5) 2 3(b 1 5) 8. 7c 2 (c 1 9) 1 2(c 1 9) 9. x(13 1 x) 2 (x 1 13) 10. y 2 (y 2 4) 1 5(4 2 y) (z 2 1) 2 5z 2 (1 2 z) 12. MULTIPLE CHOICE Which is the correct factorization of x 2 (x 2 8) 1 5(8 2 x)? A (x 2 1 5)(x 2 8) B (x 2 1 5)(8 2 x) C (x 2 2 5)(x 2 8) D (x 2 2 5)(8 2 x) EXAMPLES 2 and 3 on pp for Exs FACTORING BY GROUPING Factor the polynomial. 13. x 3 1 x 2 1 2x y 3 2 9y 2 1 y z 3 2 4z 2 1 3z c 3 1 7c 2 1 5c a a 2 2 5a s 3 2 3s s n 3 2 4n n x 2 1 8x 2 xy 2 8y 21. y 2 1 y 1 5xy 1 5x 22. ERROR ANALYSIS Describe and correct the error in factoring. a 3 1 8a 2 2 6a a 2 (a 1 8) 1 6(a 1 8) 5 (a 1 8)(a 2 1 6) EXAMPLE 4 on p. 608 for Exs FACTORING COMPLETELY Factor the polynomial completely. 23. x 4 2 x a 4 2 4a n n y y c 9 2 3c p 2 2p s 4 2 8s z z m 2 2 5m g g g 33. 3w w w r 5 1 3r r b 3 2 5b 2 2 4b h 3 1 4h h t t 2 t x 5 y 2 162x 3 y 39. 7a 3 b ab s 3 t s 2 t st 41. MULTIPLE CHOICE What is the completely factored form of 3x x 4? A 3x 4 (x ) B 3x 4 (x 2 5) 2 C 3x 4 (x 1 5) 2 D 3x 4 (x 2 5)(x 1 5) 42. ERROR ANALYSIS Describe and correct the error in factoring the polynomial completely. x 3 2 6x 2 2 9x x 2 (x 2 6) 2 9(x 2 6) 5 (x 2 6)(x 2 2 9) 610 Chapter 9 Polynomials and Factoring

6 EXAMPLE 5 on p. 608 for Exs SOLVING EQUATIONS Solve the equation. 43. x 3 1 x 2 2 4x a a 2 2 9a y 3 2 7y y n n n b b b t 5 1 2t t z z c c s 2 3s x x x 53. 3p p 2 1 3p m 3 2 3m 2 5 4m WRITING Is it possible to find three solutions of the equation x 3 1 2x 2 1 3x ? Explain why or why not. GEOMETRY Find the length, width, and height of the rectangular prism with the given volume. 56. Volume 5 12 cubic inches 57. Volume 5 96 cubic feet (x 1 4) in. x in. (x 2 1) in. (x 1 8) ft (x 2 2) ft x ft FACTORING COMPLETELY Factor the polynomial completely. 58. x 3 1 2x 2 y 2 x 2 2y 59. 8b 3 2 4b 2 a 2 18b 1 9a 60. 4s 2 2 s 1 12st 2 3t FACTOR BY GROUPING In Exercises 61 66, use the example below to factor the trinomial by grouping. E XAMPLE Factor a trinomial by grouping Factor 8x x 2 3 by grouping. Notice that the polynomial is in the form ax 2 1 bx 1 c. STEP 1 Write the product ac as the product of two factors that have a sum of b. In this case, the product ac is 8(23) Find two factors of 224 that have a sum of p (22) and 12 1 (22) 5 10 STEP 2 Rewrite the middle term as two terms with coefficients 12 and 22. 8x x x x 2 2x 2 3 STEP 3 Factor by grouping. 8x x 2 2x (8x x) 1 (22x 2 3) Group terms. 5 4x(2x 1 3) 2 (2x 1 3) Factor each group. 5 (2x 1 3)(4x 2 1) Distributive property 61. 6x 2 1 5x s s n n a a w 2 1 8w y y CHALLENGE Use factoring by grouping to show that a trinomial of the form a 2 1 2ab 1 b 2 can be factored as (a 1 b) 2. Justify your steps. 9.8 Factor Polynomials Completely 611

7 PROBLEM SOLVING EXAMPLE 6 on p. 609 for Exs CYLINDRICAL VASE A vase in the shape of a cylinder has a height of 6 inches and a volume of 24π cubic inches. What is the radius of the vase? 69. CARPENTRY You are building a birdhouse that will have a volume of 128 cubic inches. The birdhouse will have the dimensions shown. a. Write a polynomial that represents the volume of the birdhouse. b. What are the dimensions of the birdhouse? 70. BAG SIZE A gift bag is shaped like a rectangular prism and has a volume of 1152 cubic inches. The dimensions of the gift bag are shown. The height is greater than the width. What are the dimensions of the gift bag? (2w 1 4) in. (18 2 w) in. w in. 71. SHORT RESPONSE A pallino is the small target ball that is tossed in the air at the beginning of a game of bocce. The height h (in meters) of the pallino after you throw it can be modeled by h 524.9t t 1 1 where t is the time (in seconds) since you released it. a. Find the zeros of the function. b. Do the zeros of the function have any meaning in this situation? Explain your reasoning. 72. JUMPING ROBOT The path of a jumping robot can be modeled by the graph of the equation y 5210x x where x and y are both measured in feet. On a coordinate plane, the ground is represented by the x-axis, and the robot s starting position is the origin. a. The robot s maximum height is 22.5 feet. What is the robot s horizontal distance from its starting point when its height is 22.5 feet? b. How far has the robot traveled horizontally when it lands on the ground? Explain your answer. 73. EXTENDED RESPONSE The width of a box is 4 inches more than the height h. The length is the difference of 9 inches and the height. a. Write a polynomial that represents the volume of the box. b. The volume of the box is 180 cubic inches. What are all the possible dimensions of the box? c. Which dimensions result in a box with the smallest possible surface area? Explain your reasoning. 5 WORKED-OUT SOLUTIONS 612 CChapter 9 Polynomials on p. WS1 and factoring 5 STANDARDIZED TEST PRACTICE

8 74. CHALLENGE A plastic cube is used to display an autographed baseball. The cube has an outer surface area of 54 square inches. a. What is the length of an outer edge of the cube? b. What is the greatest volume the cube can possibly have? Explain why the actual volume inside of the cube may be less than the greatest possible volume. MIXED REVIEW PREVIEW Prepare for Lesson 10.1 in Exs Graph the equation. (p. 244) 75. y 2 2x y 1 2x y 1 5x y 2 6x y 1 4x x 1 2y x 2 4y x 2 2y y y x x 5 2 Write an equation of the line shown. 87. y 88. y 89. y (4, 5) 1 (1, 2) (0, 0) 3 x 2 (0, 0) 1 (3, 5) x (21, 0) 2 1 x (p. 283) (p. 283) (p. 283) QUIZ for Lessons Factor the polynomial. (p. 600) 1. x z x y 2 4. n 2 2 6n a a r rs 1 50s 2 Factor the polynomial completely. (p. 606) 7. 3x x s 4 2 8s x 4 y 2 300x 2 y 10. a 3 2 4a a 11. 2h h h z 3 2 4z z 1 64 Solve the equation. 13. x x (p. 600) m (p. 600) 15. w 3 2 w 2 2 4w (p. 606) 16. 4x x x 5 0 (p. 606) 17. 3x 5 2 6x x (p. 606) 18. x x 5 0 (p. 606) 19. VOLUME The cylinder shown has a volume of 72π cubic inches. (p. 600) a. Write a polynomial that represents the volume of the cylinder. Leave your answer in terms of π. b. Find the radius of the cylinder. r 8 in. EXTRA PRACTICE for Lesson 9.8, p. 946 ONLINE QU IZ at classzone.com 613

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