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1 Polynomials Addition and Subtraction of Polynomials and Polynomial Functions 5.2 Multiplication of Polynomials 5.3 Division of Polynomials Problem Recognition Exercises Operations on Polynomials 5.4 Greatest Common Factor and Factoring by Grouping 5.5 Factoring Trinomials 5.6 Factoring Binomials 5.7 Additional Factoring Summary 5.8 Solving Equations by Using the Zero Product Rule In this chapter we study addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of polynomials, along with an important operation called factoring. The list of words represents key terms used in this chapter. Search for them in the puzzle and in the text throughout the chapter. By L the end of this chapter, you should be P K B familiar with all of these terms. O Z Q V I W F T K P R L Z N G N C F A L A D E G R E E S T K H I B I N O M I A L G F A I M H U P G I E C A G I K W P J O T Key Terms polynomial coefficient degree monomial binomial GCF Q U A D R A T I C E Q U A T I O N C F R T T P Z M F M B U E D G H R J Y W Y A H H G W O E F K B W X Y F S R J J L H F B W Z I T N D S E T A G U J N O C C X X O H F O J C L A I M O N O M C M M P X X C D Q S N P Z U L Y H Z Y R M N F G C R J W E H L D F R R O T Z S Q A K I V I T F B S P E I V T C L Y M W S X I T F A N quadratic equation parabola conjugates trinomial V 309

2 310 Chapter 5 Polynomials Section 5.1 Concepts 1. Polynomials: Basic Definitions 2. Addition of Polynomials 3. Subtraction of Polynomials 4. Polynomial Functions Addition and Subtraction of Polynomials and Polynomial Functions 1. Polynomials: Basic Definitions One commonly used algebraic expression is called a polynomial. A polynomial in x is defined as a finite sum of terms of the form ax n, where a is a real number and the exponent n is a whole number. For each term, a is called the coefficient, and n is called the degree of the term. For example: Term (Expressed in the Form ax n ) Coefficient Degree 3x x 14 rewrite as 1x rewrite as 7x p 1 1 rewrite as 2p If a polynomial has exactly one term, it is categorized as a monomial. A twoterm polynomial is called a binomial, and a three-term polynomial is called a trinomial. Usually the terms of a polynomial are written in descending order according to degree. In descending order, the highest-degree term is written first and is called the leading term. Its coefficient is called the leading coefficient. The degree of a polynomial is the largest degree of all its terms. Thus, the leading term determines the degree of the polynomial. Leading Degree of Expression Descending Order Coefficient Polynomial Monomials 2x x Binomials 10y 7y 2 7y 2 10y b 2 3 b Trinomials w 2w 3 9w 6 9w 6 2w 3 w a 4 a 8 1.3a 3 a 8 2.5a 4 1.3a Polynomials may have more than one variable. In such a case, the degree of a term is the sum of the exponents of the variables contained in the term. For example, the term 2x 3 y 4 z has degree 8 because the exponents applied to x, y, and z are 3, 4, and 1, respectively. The following polynomial has a degree of 12 because the highest degree of its terms is x 4 y 3 z 5x 3 y 2 z 7 2x 2 y 7 degree degree degree degree

4 312 Chapter 5 Polynomials Example 2 Finding the Opposite of a Polynomial Find the opposite of the polynomials. a. 4x b. 5a 2b c c. 5.5y 4 2.4y 3 1.1y 3 TIP: Notice that the sign of each term is changed when finding the opposite of a polynomial. a. The opposite of 4x is (4x), or 4x. b. The opposite of 5a 2b c is 15a 2b c2 or equivalently 5a 2b c. c. The opposite of 5.5y 4 2.4y 3 1.1y 3 is 15.5y 4 2.4y 3 1.1y 32 or equivalently 5.5y 4 2.4y 3 1.1y 3. Skill Practice Find the opposite of the polynomials. 4. 7z 5. 2p 3q r x 2 x 2.2 Definition of Subtraction of Polynomials If A and B are polynomials, then A B A 1 B2. Example 3 Subtracting Polynomials Subtract the polynomials. a. 13x 2 2x 52 14x 2 7x 22 b. 16x 2 y 2xy 52 1x 2 y 32 a. 13x 2 2x 52 14x 2 7x 22 13x 2 2x x 2 7x 22 3x 2 1 4x 2 2 2x 7x x 2 9x 7 Add the opposite of the second polynomial. Group like terms. Combine like terms. b. 16x 2 y 2xy 52 1x 2 y 32 16x 2 y 2xy 52 1 x 2 y 32 6x 2 y 1 x 2 y2 1 2xy x 2 y 2xy 8 Add the opposite of the second polynomial. Group like terms. Combine like terms. TIP: Subtraction of polynomials can be performed vertically by aligning like terms. Then add the opposite of the second polynomial. Placeholders (shown in bold) may be used to help line up like terms. Skill Practice Answers 4. 7z 5. 2p 3q r x 2 x x 2 y 2xy 52 1x 2 y 32 6x 2 y 2xy 5 Add the 6x 2 y 2xy 5 1x 2 y 0xy 32 opposite. x 2 y 0xy 3 5x 2 y 2xy 8

5 Section 5.1 Addition and Subtraction of Polynomials and Polynomial Functions 313 Skill Practice Subtract the polynomials a 2 b 2ab2 1 3a 2 b 2ab a1 a 1 2 p3 1 3 p2 1 3 p3 3 4 p2 pb 2 pb Example 4 Subtracting Polynomials Subtract 1 2 x4 3 4 x2 1 5 from 3 2 x4 1 2 x2 4x In general, to subtract a from b, we write b a. Therefore, to subtract we have 1 2 x4 3 4 x2 1 5 from a 3 2 x4 1 2 x2 4xb a 1 2 x4 3 4 x2 1 5 b 3 2 x4 1 2 x2 4x 3 2 x4 1 2 x2 4x 1 2 x4 3 4 x2 1 5 Subtract the polynomials. 3 4x 1 2 x4 1 2 x4 1 2 x2 3 4 x2 5 Group like terms. 3 2 x4 1 2 x4 2 4 x2 3 4 x2 4x x4 5 4 x2 4x 1 5 Write like terms with a common denominator. Combine like terms. x x2 4x 1 5 Simplify. Skill Practice 9. Subtract 18t 2 4t 32 from 1 6t 2 t Polynomial Functions A polynomial function is a function defined by a finite sum of terms of the form ax n, where a is a real number and n is a whole number. For example, the functions defined here are polynomial functions: f1x2 3x 8 g1x2 4x 5 2x 3 5x 3 h1x2 1 2 x4 3 5 x3 4x x 1 k1x x 0 which is of the form ax n, where n 0 is a whole number2 Skill Practice Answers 7. 9a 2 b 4ab p p p 9. 14t 2 5t 5

6 314 Chapter 5 Polynomials The following functions are not polynomial functions: m1x2 1 x 8 q1x2 0x 0 Example 5 a 1 x x 1. The exponent 1 is not a whole number.b 10x 0 is not of the form ax n 2 Evaluating a Polynomial Function Given P1x2 x 3 2x 2 x 2, find the function values. a. P1 32 b. P1 12 c. P102 d. P122 a. P1x2 x 3 2x 2 x 2 P b. P c. d. P P The function values can be confirmed from the graph of y P(x) (Figure 5-1). P(x) 12 (2, 12) ( 1, 0) 2 x (0, 2) 4 6 P(x) x 3 2x 2 x 2 ( 3, 8) 8 Figure 5-1 Skill Practice 10. Given: P1x2 2x 3 4x 6 a. Find P(0). b. Find P( 2). Skill Practice Answers 10a. P(0) 6 b. P( 2) 30

7 Section 5.1 Addition and Subtraction of Polynomials and Polynomial Functions 315 Example 6 Applying a Polynomial Function The percent of females between the ages of 18 and 24 who smoked in the United States can be approximated by F1x x x 29.1, where x is the number of years since 1997 and F1x2 is measured as a percent (Figure 5-2). a. Evaluate F122 to 1 decimal place, and interpret the meaning in the context of this problem. b. What percent of females between the ages of 18 and 24 smoked in the year 2005? Round to the nearest tenth of a percent. a. F Substitute x 2 into the function In the year x 2 years since 1997), approximately 28.9% of females between the ages of 18 and 24 smoked. b. The year 2005 is 8 years since Substitute x 8 into the function. F % Percent Substitute x 8 into the function. Approximately 22.4% of females in the age group smoked in Percent of Females Who Smoked, United States, F(x) 0.125x x Year (x 0 corresponds to 1997) (Source: Center for Disease Control.) Figure 5-2 Skill Practice 11. The yearly cost of tuition at public two-year colleges from 1992 to 2006 can be approximated by T1x2 0.08x 2 61x 1135 for 0 x 14, where x represents the number of years since a. Find T(13) and interpret the result. b. Use the function T to approximate the cost of tuition in the year Skill Practice Answers 11a. T In the year 2005, tuition for public two-year colleges averaged approximately \$1914. b. \$1438 Section 5.1 Boost your GRADE at mathzone.com! Study Skills Exercise 1. Define the key terms. Practice Exercises Practice Problems Self-Tests NetTutor e-professors Videos a. Polynomial b. Coefficient c. Degree of the term d. Monomial e. Binomial f. Trinomial g. Leading term h. Leading coefficient i. Degree of a polynomial j. Like terms k. Polynomial function

8 316 Chapter 5 Polynomials Concept 1: Polynomials: Basic Definitions 2. How many terms does the polynomial have? 2x 2 y 3xy 5y 2 6 For Exercises 3 8, write the polynomial in descending order. Then identify the leading coefficient and the degree. 3. a 2 6a 3 a 4. 2b b 4 5b x 2 x 3x y y 5 y t s 2 For Exercises 9 14, write a polynomial in one variable that is described by the following. (Answers may vary.) 9. A monomial of degree A monomial of degree A trinomial of degree A trinomial of degree A binomial of degree A binomial of degree 2 Concept 2: Addition of Polynomials For Exercises 15 24, add the polynomials and simplify m 2 4m2 15m 2 6m x 4 x 3 x x 3 7x 2 2x n 3 5n2 12n 3 2n2 16x 3 2x x 2 3x a w3 2 9 w2 1.8wb a 3 2 w3 1 9 w2 2.7wb a2.9t t 5 3 b a 8.1t4 1 8 t 1 3 b 21. Add 19x 2 5x 12 to 18x 2 x Add 1 x 3 5x2 to 110x 3 x x 3 6x y 4 8y 3 6y x 3 5x 2 4x2 14y 4 5y 3 10y 32 Concept 3: Subtraction of Polynomials For Exercises 25 30, write the opposite of the given polynomial y x t 2 4t ab 2 a 2 b 30. 4p 3 2p 12 23rs 4r 9s For Exercises 31 38, subtract the polynomials and simplify z 5 z z 5 5z x 3 3x 2 x 62 1 x 3 x 2 x w 4 3w w 4 w x 3 6x x 3 2x t 3 6t w 3 9w 2 6w 13 13t 3 7t 2 9t 52 17w 3 10w a 1 5 a2 1 2 ab 1 10 b2 3b a 3 10 a2 2 5 ab 1 2 b2 5b a 4 7 a2 1 7 ab 1 14 b2 7b a 1 2 a2 2 7 ab 9 14 b2 1b 39. Subtract 19x 2 5x 12 from 18x 2 x 152.

9 Section 5.1 Addition and Subtraction of Polynomials and Polynomial Functions Subtract 1 x 3 5x2 from 110x 3 x Find the difference of 13x 5 2x 3 42 and 1x 4 2x Find the difference of 17x 10 2x 4 3x2 and 1 4x 3 5x 4 x 52. Mixed Exercises For Exercises 43 62, add or subtract as indicated. Write the answers in descending order, if possible y 2 4y y 2 8y y y r 6r r 4 9r s 9 7s s 9 s xy 13x 2 3y2 14x 2 8y ab 23b ab 19b x 2 y 92 18x 2 y q q m 2 14m p 2 q 2q2 1 2p 2 q 132 2p 13p 52 14p n 3 1n n x x 3 2x2 12x 3 6x p p p ab 5a 2 b2 37ab 2 2ab 17a 2 b 2ab m 3 n 2 4m 2 n2 3 5m 3 n 2 4mn 17m 2 n 6mn x 4 11x z 4 2z x 4 3x 3 5x 2 10x 52 19z 4 4z 3 8z 2 9z p 5 9.1p 4 5.3p 2 7.9p w 4 4.6w 2 9.3w p 4 8.5p p 2 0.4w 4 7.3w 3 5.8w 4.6 For Exercises 63 64, find the perimeter x 3 5x 2x 3 6x 6x 3 x 5x 2 2x 6 3x 1 Concept 4: Polynomial Functions For Exercises 65 72, determine whether the given function is a polynomial function. If it is a polynomial function, state the degree. If not, state the reason why. 65. h1x k1x2 7x 4 0.3x x x2 5 p1x2 8x 3 2x 2 3 x 68. q1x2 x 2 4x g1x g1x2 4x 71. M1x2 0x 0 5x 72. N1x2 x 2 0x Given P1x2 x 4 2x 5, find the function values. a. P(2) b. P( 1) c. P(0) d. P(1) 74. Given N1x2 x 2 5x, find the function values. a. N(1) b. N( 1) c. N(2) d. N(0)

10 318 Chapter 5 Polynomials 75. Given H1x2 1 2x 3 x 1 4, find the function values. a. H(0) b. H(2) c. H( 2) d. H( 1) 76. Given K1x2 2 3x 2 1 9, find the function values. a. K(0) b. K(3) c. K( 3) d. K( 1) 77. A rectangular garden is designed to be 3 ft longer than it is wide. Let x represent the width of the garden. Find a function P that represents the perimeter in terms of x. 78. A flowerbed is in the shape of a triangle with the larger side 3 times the middle side and the smallest side 2 ft shorter than the middle side. Let x represent the length of the middle side. Find a function P that represents the perimeter in terms of x. 79. The cost in dollars of producing x toy cars is C1x2 2.2x 1. The revenue received is R1x2 5.98x. To calculate profit, subtract the cost from the revenue. a. Write and simplify a function P that represents profit in terms of x. b. Find the profit of producing 50 toy cars. 80. The cost in dollars of producing x lawn chairs is C1x2 2.5x The revenue for selling x chairs is R1x2 6.99x. To calculate profit, subtract the cost from the revenue. a. Write and simplify a function P that represents profit in terms of x. b. Find the profit of producing 100 lawn chairs. Yearly Dormitory Cost for Four-Year 81. The function defined by D1x x 2 182x 4071 D(x) Colleges, approximates the yearly dormitory charges for private four-year colleges since the year D(x) is measured 6000 D(x) 10.25x 2 182x 4071 in dollars, and x 0 corresponds to the year Find 4000 the function values and interpret their meaning in the context of this problem a. D(0) b. D(2) 0 x c. D(4) d. D(6) Year (x 0 corresponds to 2000) (Source: U.S. National Center for Education Statistics.) 82. The population of Mexico can be modeled by P1t t t 102, where t is the number of years since 2000 and P(t) is the number of people in millions. a. Evaluate P(0) and P(6), and interpret their meaning in the context of this problem. Round to 1 decimal place if necessary. b. If this trend continues, what will the population of Mexico be in the year 2010? Round to 1 decimal place if necessary. Cost (\$) Population (millions) P(t) Population Model for Mexico P(t) 0.022t t Year (t 0 corresponds to 2000) t

11 Section 5.2 Multiplication of Polynomials The number of women, W, to be paid child support in the United States can be approximated by where t is the number of years after 2000, and W(t) is the yearly total measured in thousands. (Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census.) a. Evaluate W(0), W(5), and W(10). b. Interpret the meaning of the function value W(10). 84. The total yearly amount of child support due (in billions of dollars) in the United States can be approximated by where t is the number of years after 2000, and D(t) is the amount due (in billions of dollars). a. Evaluate D(0), D(4), and D(8). W1t2 143t 6580 D1t t b. Interpret the meaning of the function value of D(8). Expanding Your Skills 85. A toy rocket is shot from ground level at an angle of 60 from the horizontal. See the figure. The x- and y-positions of the rocket (measured in feet) vary with time t according to x1t2 25t y1t2 16t t a. Evaluate x(0) and y(0), and write the values as an ordered pair. Interpret the meaning of these function values in the context of this problem. Match the ordered pair with a point on the graph. b. Evaluate x(1) and y(1) and write the values as an ordered pair. Interpret the meaning of these function values in the context of this problem. Match the ordered pair with a point on the graph. y Path of Rocket x 70 Horizontal Distance (ft) c. Evaluate x(2) and y(2), and write the values as an ordered pair. Match the ordered pair with a point on the graph. Vertical Distance (ft) Multiplication of Polynomials 1. Multiplying Polynomials The properties of exponents covered in Section 1.8 can be used to simplify many algebraic expressions including the multiplication of monomials. To multiply monomials, first use the associative and commutative properties of multiplication to group coefficients and like bases. Then simplify the result by using the properties of exponents. Section 5.2 Concepts 1. Multiplying Polynomials 2. Special Case Products: Difference of Squares and Perfect Square Trinomials 3. Translations Involving Polynomials 4. Applications Involving a Product of Polynomials

12 320 Chapter 5 Polynomials Example 1 Multiplying Monomials Multiply the monomials. a. 13x 2 y 7 215x 3 y2 b. 1 3x 4 y x 6 yz 8 2 a. 13x 2 y 7 215x 3 y x 2 x 3 21y 7 y2 15x 5 y 8 Group coefficients and like bases. Add exponents and simplify. b. 1 3x 4 y x 6 yz x 4 x 6 21y 3 y21z 8 2 6x 10 y 4 z 8 Group coefficients and like bases. Add exponents and simplify. Skill Practice Multiply the polynomials r 3 s21 4r 4 s ab217a 2 2 The distributive property is used to multiply polynomials: a1b c2 ab ac. Example 2 Multiplying a Polynomial by a Monomial Multiply the polynomials. a. 5y 3 12y 2 7y 62 b. 4a 3 b 7 c a2ab 2 c a5 bb a. 5y 3 12y 2 7y 62 15y 3 212y y y2 15y y 5 35y 4 30y 3 Apply the distributive property. Simplify each term. b. 4a 3 b 7 c a2ab 2 c a5 bb 1 4a 3 b 7 c212ab 2 c a 3 b 7 c2a 1 2 a5 bb 8a 4 b 9 c 5 2a 8 b 8 c Apply the distributive property. Simplify each term. Skill Practice Multiply the polynomials. 3. 6b 2 12b 2 3b t 3 a 1 2 t t 2 b Skill Practice Answers 1. 32r 7 s a 3 b 3. 12b 4 18b 3 48b t 6 2t 5

13 Section 5.2 Multiplication of Polynomials 321 Thus far, we have illustrated polynomial multiplication involving monomials. Next, the distributive property will be used to multiply polynomials with more than one term. For example: Note: e 1x 321x 52 1x 32x 1x 325 1x 32x 1x 325 x x 3 x x x 2 3x 5x 15 x 2 8x 15 Apply the distributive property. Apply the distributive property again. Combine like terms. Using the distributive property results in multiplying each term of the first polynomial by each term of the second polynomial: 1x 321x 52 x x x 5 3 x 3 5 x 2 5x 3x 15 x 2 8x 15 Example 3 Multiplying Polynomials Multiply the polynomials. a. 12x x 2 x 52 b. 13y 2217y 62 a. 12x x 2 x 52 Multiply each term in the first polynomial by each term in the second. 12x 2 213x x 2 21 x2 12x x x x 4 2x 3 10x 2 12x 2 4x 20 6x 4 2x 3 22x 2 4x 20 Simplify each term. Combine like terms. TIP: Multiplication of polynomials can be performed vertically by a process similar to column multiplication of real numbers. 12x x 2 x 52 3x 2 x 5 2x x 2 4x 20 6x 4 2x 3 10x 2 6x 4 2x 3 22x 2 4x 20 Note: When multiplying by the column method, it is important to align like terms vertically before adding terms.

14 322 Chapter 5 Polynomials b. 13y 2217y 62 13y217y2 13y y Multiply each term in the first polynomial by each term in the second. Apply the distributive property. 21y 2 18y 14y 12 21y 2 4y 12 Simplify each term. Combine like terms. TIP: The acronym, FOIL (First Outer Inner Last) can be used as a memory device to multiply two binomials. Outer terms First Outer Inner Last First terms 13y 2217y 62 13y217y2 13y y Inner terms 21y 2 18y 14y 12 Last terms 21y 2 4y 12 Note: It is important to realize that the acronym FOIL may only be used when finding the product of two binomials. Skill Practice Multiply the polynomials y y 2 8y t 5212t Special Case Products: Difference of Squares and Perfect Square Trinomials In some cases the product of two binomials takes on a special pattern. I. The first special case occurs when multiplying the sum and difference of the same two terms. For example: Notice that the middle terms are 12x 3212x 32 opposites. This leaves only the difference w 4x 2 6x 6x 9 between the square of the first term and the square of the second term. For this reason, 4x 2 9 the product is called a difference of squares. Definition of Conjugates The sum and difference of the same two terms are called conjugates. For example, we call 2x 3 the conjugate of 2x 3 and vice versa. In general, a b and a b are conjugates of each other. Skill Practice Answers 5. 10y 4 40y 3 17y 2 48y t 2 22t 15

15 Section 5.2 Multiplication of Polynomials 323 II. The second special case involves the square of a binomial. For example: 13x x 7213x 72 9x 2 21x 21x 49 w 9x 2 42x 49 When squaring a binomial, the product will be a trinomial called a perfect square trinomial. The first and third terms are formed by squaring the terms of the binomial. The middle term is twice the product of the terms in the binomial. 13x x Note: The expression 13x 72 2 also results in a perfect square trinomial, but the middle term is negative. 13x 7213x 72 9x 2 21x 21x 49 9x 2 42x 49 The following table summarizes these special case products. Special Case Product Formulas 1. 1a b21a b2 a 2 b 2 The product is called a difference of squares. 2. 1a b2 2 a 2 2ab b 2 1a b2 2 a 2 2ab b 2 } The product is called a perfect square trinomial. It is advantageous for you to become familiar with these special case products because they will be presented again when we factor polynomials. Example 4 Finding Special Products a 5x, b 2 Use the special product formulas to multiply the polynomials. a. 15x 22 2 b. 16c 7d216c 7d2 c. 14x 3 3y a. 15x x x x 2 20x 4 Apply the formula a 2 2ab b 2. Simplify each term. b. 16c 7d216c 7d2 a 6c, b 7d 16c2 2 17d2 2 Apply the formula b2. 36c 2 49d 2 Simplify each term. c. 14x 3 3y a 4x3, b 3y2 14x x 3 213y y Apply the formula 2ab b2. 16x 6 24x 3 y 2 9y 4 Simplify each term.

16 324 Chapter 5 Polynomials Skill Practice Multiply the polynomials. 7. 1c x 4215x s 2 2t2 2 The special case products can be used to simplify more complicated algebraic expressions. Example 5 Using Special Products Multiply the following expressions. a. 1x y2 3 b. 3x 1y z243x 1y z24 a. 1x y2 3 1x y2 2 1x y2 1x 2 2xy y 2 21x y2 1x 2 21x2 1x 2 21y2 12xy21x2 12xy21y2 1y 2 21x2 1y 2 21y2 x 3 x 2 y 2x 2 y 2xy 2 xy 2 y 3 x 3 3x 2 y 3xy 2 y 3 Rewrite as the square of a binomial and another factor. Expand 1x y2 2 by using the special case product formula. Apply the distributive property. Simplify each term. Combine like terms. b. 3x 1y z243x 1y z24 1x2 2 1y z2 2 1x2 2 1y 2 2yz z 2 2 x 2 y 2 2yz z 2 This product is in the form 1a b21a b2, where a x and b 1y z2. Apply the formula a 2 b 2. Expand 1y z2 2 by using the special case product formula. Apply the distributive property. Skill Practice Multiply the polynomials b a 1b 3243a 1b Translations Involving Polynomials Example 6 Complete the table. Translating Between English Form and Algebraic Form Skill Practice Answers 7. c 2 6c x s 4 28s 2 t 4t b 3 6b 2 12b a 2 b 2 6b 9 English Form The square of the sum of x and y The square of the product of 3 and x Algebraic Form x 2 y 2

17 Section 5.2 Multiplication of Polynomials 325 English Form Algebraic Form Notes The square of the sum The sum is squared, not the of x and y 1x y2 2 individual terms. The sum of the squares of x and y The square of the product of 3 and x x 2 y 2 13x2 2 The individual terms x and y are squared first. Then the sum is taken. The product of 3 and x is taken. Then the result is squared. Skill Practice Translate to algebraic form: 12. The square of the difference of a and b 13. The difference of the square of a and the square of b 14. Translate to English form: a b Applications Involving a Product of Polynomials Example 7 Applying a Product of Polynomials A box is created from a sheet of cardboard 20 in. on a side by cutting a square from each corner and folding up the sides (Figures 5-3 and 5-4). Let x represent the length of the sides of the squares removed from each corner. a. Find an expression for the volume of the box in terms of x. b. Find the volume if a 4-in. square is removed. x x x x 20 2x x x x Figure 5-3 Figure x a. The volume of a rectangular box is given by the formula V lwh. The length and width can both be expressed as 20 2x. The height of the box is x. Hence the volume is given by V l w h 120 2x2120 2x2x 120 2x2 2 x x 4x 2 2x 400x 80x 2 4x 3 4x 3 80x 2 400x Skill Practice Answers 12. 1a b a 2 b The difference of a and the square of b

18 326 Chapter 5 Polynomials b. If a 4-in. square is removed from the corners of the box, we have x 4 in. The volume is The volume is 576 in. 3 Skill Practice V A rectangular photograph is mounted on a square piece of cardboard whose sides have length x. The border that surrounds the photo is 3 in. on each side and 4 in. on both top and bottom. x 4 in. x 3 in. 3 in. x 4 in. Skill Practice Answers 15a. A 1x 821x 62; A x 2 14x 48 b. 24 in. 2 a. Write an expression for the area of the photograph and multiply. b. Determine the area of the photograph if x is 12. x Section 5.2 Boost your GRADE at mathzone.com! Study Skills Exercise 1. Define the key terms. Practice Exercises Practice Problems Self-Tests NetTutor e-professors Videos a. Difference of squares b. Conjugates c. Perfect square trinomial Review Exercises 2. Simplify. 1 4x 2 y 2xy 3xy x 2 y 4xy x 2 y 5xy2 3. Simplify x x 2 4x 124

19 Section 5.2 Multiplication of Polynomials Given f 1x2 4x 3 5, find the function values. 5. Given g1x2 x 4 x 2 3, find the function values. a. f 132 b. f 102 c. f 1 22 a. g1 12 b. g122 c. g102 For Exercises 6 7, perform the indicated operations x 2 7x 22 1 x 2 3x x 2 7x 22 1 x 2 3x Write the distributive property of multiplication over addition. Give an example of the distributive property. (Answers may vary.) Concept 1: Multiplying Polynomials For Exercises 9 46, multiply the polynomials by using the distributive property and the special product formulas x 4 y21 6xy a 3 b ab a 1 4 tu2 ba8uvb 12. a a 6 b 4 c 7 215ab 4 c mn5 ba 20np 3 b 18.5c 4 d 5 e216cd 2 e ab 1a b a 13 a b m 3 n 2 1m 2 n 3 3mn 2 4n x y21x 2y a 521a x21x a 9212a y y p p a 3b214a b n n a 4b212.5a 7b x 3.5y214.7x 2y h 5k21h 2 2hk 3k x 721x 2 7x a p 2 q 1p 3 q 3 pq 2 4p2 16x x2 13b 521b 52 15s 3t215s 2t2 1m m 72 12x y213x 2 2xy y 2 2 1x 321x 2 3x a b21a 3 4a 2 b ab 2 b m 2n21m 3 2m 2 n mn 2 2n a 1 a 2b cb 1a 6b c x y 2z215x y z x 2 2x 1213x a 1 2 a2 2ab b 2 b12a b2 45. a y 10ba1 2 y 15b a 2 3 x 6ba1 2 x 9b Concept 2: Special Case Products: Difference of Squares and Perfect Square Trinomials For Exercises 47 66, multiply by using the special case products a 821a b 221b p 1213p q 3215q 32

20 328 Chapter 5 Polynomials 51. ax a h k213h k x 1 3 b a1 2 x 1 3 b ax 1 3 b 3 b 1x 7y21x 7y h k x 7y t u 3v a 4b ah kb 62. 1w 92 2 a 2 5 x 1b z 2 w 3 212z 2 w a 4 2b 3 21a 4 2b x 2 3y p 3 2m Multiply the expressions. Explain their similarities. a. 1A B21A B2 b. 31x y2 B431x y2 B4 68. Multiply the expressions. Explain their similarities. a. 1A B21A B2 b. 3A 13h k243a 13h k24 For Exercises 69 74, multiply the expressions w v2 2431w v x y2 6431x y a 1b 1243a 1b a 42 b4313a 42 b x y2432 1x y24 315p 72 q4315p 72 q4 75. Explain how to multiply 1x y Explain how to multiply 1a b2 3. For Exercises 77 80, multiply the expressions x y x 5y a b a 4b Explain how you would multiply the 82. Explain how you would multiply the binomials binomials 1x 221x 6212x 12 1a b21a b212a b212a b2 For Exercises 83 86, multiply the expressions containing more than two factors a 2 1a 5213a y12y 321y x 321x 321x t 221t 321t 12 Concept 3: Translations Involving Polynomials For Exercises 87 90, translate from English form to algebraic form. 87. The square of the sum of r and t 88. The square of a plus the cube of b 89. The difference of x squared and y cubed 90. The square of the product of 3 and a For Exercises 91 94, translate from algebraic form to English form. 91. p 3 q a 3 b xy c d2 3

21 Section 5.2 Multiplication of Polynomials 329 Concept 4: Applications Involving a Product of Polynomials 95. A rectangular garden has a walk around it of width x. The garden is 20 ft by 15 ft. Find an expression representing the combined area A of the garden and walk. Simplify the result. x 15 ft 96. An 8-in. by 10-in. photograph is in a frame of width x. Find an expression that represents the area A of the frame alone. Simplify the result. 20 ft 8 in. x 10 in. 97. A box is created from a square piece of cardboard 8 in. on a side by cutting a square from each corner and folding up the sides. Let x represent the length of the sides of the squares removed from each corner. a. Find an expression representing the volume of the box. b. Find the volume if 1-in. squares are removed from the corners. x 8 in. x 98. A box is created from a rectangular piece of metal with dimensions 12 in. by 9 in. by removing a square from each corner of the metal sheet and folding up the sides. Let x represent the length of the sides of the squares removed from each corner. a. Find an expression representing the volume of the box. b. Find the volume if 2-in. squares are removed from the corners. For Exercises , write an expression for the area and simplify your answer. 99. Square 100. Square 101. Rectangle x 2 x 2 x 3 x Rectangle 103. Triangle 104. Triangle 2x 3 2x 3 x 3 4x 2x 6 x 1

23 Section 5.3 Division of Polynomials 331 Example 1 Dividing a Polynomial by a Monomial Divide the polynomials. 3x 4 6x 3 9x a. b. 3x a. 3x 4 6x 3 9x 3x 3x4 3x 6x3 3x 9x 3x x 3 2x c 3 d 15c 2 d 2 2cd c 2 d 2 2 Divide each term in the numerator by 3x. Simplify each term, using the properties of exponents. b. 110c 3 d 15c 2 d 2 2cd c 2 d c3 d 15c 2 d 2 2cd 3 5c 2 d 2 10c3 d 5c 2 d 15c2 d 2 2 5c 2 d 2cd3 2 5c 2 d 2 2c d 3 2d 5c Divide each term in the numerator by 5c 2 d 2. Simplify each term. Skill Practice Divide. 18y 3 6y 2 12y a 3 b 2 16a 2 b 3 8ab2 1 8ab2 6y 2. Long Division If the divisor has two or more terms, a long division process similar to the division of real numbers is used. Example 2 Using Long Division to Divide Polynomials Divide the polynomials by using long division. 13x 2 14x 102 1x 22 x 2 3x 2 14x 10 3x x 2 3x 2 14x 10 3x 2 6x Divide the leading term in the dividend by the leading term in the divisor. 3x 2 This is the first term in the x 3x. quotient. Multiply 3x by the divisor and record the result: 3x1x 22 3x 2 6x. Skill Practice Answers 1. 3y 2 y a 2 b 2ab 2 1

24 332 Chapter 5 Polynomials 3x x 2 3x 2 14x 10 3x 2 6x 8x 3x 8 x 2 3x 2 14x 10 3x 2 6x 8x 10 8x 16 Next, subtract the quantity 3x 2 6x. To do this, add its opposite. Bring down next column and repeat the process. 8x Divide the leading term by x: 8 x Multiply the divisor by 8 and record the result: 81x 22 8x 16. 3x 8 x 2 3x 2 14x 10 3x 2 6x 8x 10 8x Subtract the quantity 1 8x 162 by adding its opposite. The remainder is 26. We do not continue because the degree of the remainder is less than the degree of the divisor. Summary: The quotient is 3x 8 The remainder is 26 The divisor is x 2 The dividend is 3x 2 14x 10 The solution to a long division problem is often written in the form: Quotient remainder divisor. Hence This answer can also be written as 13x 2 14x 102 1x 22 3x 8 26 x 2 3x 8 26 x 2 The division of polynomials can be checked in the same fashion as the division of real numbers. To check, we know that Dividend (divisor)(quotient) remainder 3x 2 14x 10 1x 22 13x x 2 8x 6x x 2 14x 10 Skill Practice Divide x 2 6x 82 1x 32 Skill Practice Answers 3. 4x 6 10 x 3

25 Section 5.3 Division of Polynomials 333 Example 3 Using Long Division to Divide Polynomials Divide the polynomials by using long division: 1 2x 3 10x x 42 First note that the dividend has a missing power of x and can be written as 2x 3 10x 2 0x 56. The term 0x is a placeholder for the missing term. It is helpful to use the placeholder to keep the powers of x lined up. x 2 2x 4 2x 3 10x 2 0x 56 2x 3 4x 2 x 2 7x 2x 4 2x 3 10x 2 0x 56 2x 3 4x 2 14x 2 0x 14x 2 28x x 2 7x 14 2x 4 2x 3 10x 2 0x 56 2x 3 4x 2 14x 2 0x 14x 2 28x 28x 56 28x 56 Leave space for the missing power of x. 2x 3 Divide x 2 to get the first 2x term of the quotient. Subtract by adding the opposite. Bring down the next column. Subtract by adding the opposite. Bring down the next column. x 2 7x 14 2x 4 2x 3 10x 2 0x 56 2x 3 4x 2 14x 2 0x 14x 2 28x Subtract by adding the opposite. 28x 56 28x 56 0 The remainder is 0. The solution is x 2 7x x 2 Divide 7x to get the next 2x term in the quotient. 28x Divide 14 to get the next 2x term in the quotient. TIP: Both the divisor and dividend must be written in descending order before you do polynomial division. Skill Practice Divide. 4y 3 2y y 2 Skill Practice Answers 4. 2y 2 2y 1 5 2y 2

26 334 Chapter 5 Polynomials In Example 3, the quotient is x 2 7x 14 and the remainder is 0. Because the remainder is zero, 2x 4 divides evenly into 2x 3 10x For this reason, the divisor and quotient are factors of 2x 3 10x To check, we have Dividend (divisor) (quotient) remainder 2x 3 10x x 421 x 2 7x x 3 14x 2 28x 4x 2 28x 56 2x 3 10x 2 56 Example 4 Divide. Using Long Division to Divide Polynomials 15x 3 4 6x 4 5x 2 13x 2 42 Write the dividend in descending powers of x: 6x 4 15x 3 5x 2 4. The dividend has a missing power of x and can be written as 6x 4 15x 3 5x 2 0x 4. The divisor has a missing power of x and can be written as 3x2 0x 4. 2x 2 Leave space for missing 3x 2 0x 4 6x 4 15x 3 5x 2 0x 4 powers of x. 2x 2 5x 1 3x 2 0x 4 6x 4 15x 3 5x 2 0x 4 The solution is Skill Practice 6x 4 0x 3 8x 2 Divide. 5. 1x 3 1 2x 2 2 1x x 3 3x 2 0x 15x 3 0x 2 20x 3x 2 20x 4 3x 2 0x 4 20x The remainder is 20x. The degree of 20x is less than the degree of 3x x 4 15x 3 5x x x 2 5x 1 20x 3x 2 4 Skill Practice Answers 5. x 2 x 1 x 2 1

27 Section 5.3 Division of Polynomials Synthetic Division In this section we introduced the process of long division to divide two polynomials. Next, we will learn another technique, called synthetic division, to divide two polynomials. Synthetic division may be used when dividing a polynomial by a first-degree divisor of the form x r, where r is a constant. Synthetic division is considered a shortcut because it uses the coefficients of the divisor and dividend without writing the variables. Consider dividing the polynomials 13x 2 14x 102 1x 22. 3x 8 x 2 3x 2 14x 10 13x 2 6x2 8x x First note that the divisor x 2 is in the form x r, where r 2. Hence synthetic division can also be used to find the quotient and remainder. Step 1: Write the value of r in a box. Step 3: Skip a line and draw a horizontal line below the list of coefficients Step 5: Multiply the value 6 of r by the number 3 8 below the line Write the result in the next column above the line. 3 Step 2: Write the coefficients of the dividend to the right of the box. Step 4: Bring down the leading coefficient from the dividend and write it below the line. Step 6: Add the numbers in the column above the line , and write the result below the line. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until all columns have been completed. Step 7: To get the final A box is usuresult, we use the 6 16 ally drawn numbers below around the the line. The remainder. number in the last column is the Quotient: 3x 8, remainder 26 remainder. The other numbers are the coefficients of the quotient.

28 336 Chapter 5 Polynomials The degree of the quotient will always be 1 less than that of the dividend. Because the dividend is a second-degree polynomial, the quotient will be a firstdegree polynomial. In this case, the quotient is 3x 8 and the remainder is 26. Example 5 Using Synthetic Division to Divide Polynomials Divide the polynomials division. 15x 4x 3 6 x 4 2 1x 32 by using synthetic As with long division, the terms of the dividend and divisor should be written in descending order. Furthermore, missing powers must be accounted for by using placeholders (shown here in bold). Hence, 5x 4x 3 6 x 4 x 4 4x 3 0x 2 5x 6 To use synthetic division, the divisor must be in the form (x r). The divisor x 3 can be written as x ( 3). Hence, r 3. Step 1: Write the value Step 2: Write the of r in a box. coefficients of 1 the dividend to the right of the box. Step 3: Skip a line and draw a horizontal line below the list of coefficients. Step 4: Bring down the leading coefficient from the dividend and write it below the line. Step 5: Multiply the Step 6: Add the value of r by the 3 numbers in number below 1 1 the column the line ( 3 1 3). above the line: Write the result 4 ( 3) 1. in the next column above the line. Repeat steps 5 and 6: The quotient is x 3 x 2 3x 14. The remainder is 48. The solution is x 3 x 2 3x x 3 remainder constant x-term coefficient x 2 -term coefficient x 3 -term coefficient

29 Section 5.3 Division of Polynomials 337 Skill Practice Divide the polynomials by using synthetic division. Identify the quotient and the remainder y 2 4y 2y y 32 TIP: It is interesting to compare the long division process to the synthetic division process. For Example 5, long division is shown on the left, and synthetic division is shown on the right. Notice that the same pattern of coefficients used in long division appears in the synthetic division process. x 3 x 2 3x 14 x 3 x 4 4x 3 0x 2 5x 6 1x 4 3x 3 2 x 3 0x 2 1x 3 3x 2 2 3x 2 5x 1 3x 2 9x2 14x 6 114x x 3 x 2 x constant remainder Quotient: x 3 x 2 3x 14 Remainder: 48 Example 6 Using Synthetic Division to Divide Polynomials Divide the polynomials by using synthetic division. Identify the quotient and remainder. a. 12m 7 3m 5 4m 4 m 82 1m 22 b. 1p p 32 a. Insert placeholders (bold) for missing powers of m. 12m 7 3m 5 4m 4 m 82 1m 22 12m 7 0m 6 3m 5 4m 4 0m 3 0m 2 m 82 1m 22 Because m + 2 can be written as m 1 22, r Quotient: 2m 6 4m 5 5m 4 6m 3 12m 2 24m 47 Remainder: 86 The quotient is 1 degree less than dividend. The solution is 2m 6 4m 5 5m 4 6m 3 12m 2 24m m 2 Skill Practice Answers 6. Quotient: 2y 2 y 1; remainder: 2

30 338 Chapter 5 Polynomials b. 1p p 32 1p 4 0p 3 0p 2 0p 812 1p Quotient: p 3 3p 2 9p 27 Remainder: 0 The solution is p 3 3p 2 9p 27. Insert placeholders (bold) for missing powers of p. Skill Practice Answers 7. Quotient: 4c 3 8c 2 13c 20; remainder: Quotient: x 2 x 1; remainder: 0 Skill Practice Divide the polynomials by using synthetic division. Identify the quotient and the remainder c 4 3c 2 6c 32 1c x x 12 Section 5.3 Boost your GRADE at mathzone.com! Study Skills Exercise 1. Define the key term synthetic division. Practice Exercises Practice Problems Self-Tests NetTutor e-professors Videos Review Exercises 2. a. Add 13x 12 12x a. Subtract 1a 10b2 15a b2. b. Multiply 13x 1212x 52. b. Multiply 1a 10b215a b2. 4. a. Subtract 12y y 2 5y a. Add 1x 2 x2 16x 2 x 22. b. Multiply 12y 2 121y 2 5y 12. b. Multiply 1x 2 x216x 2 x 22. For Exercises 6 8, answers may vary. 6. Write an example of a product of two binomials and simplify. 7. Write an example of the square of a binomial and simplify. 8. Write an example of the product of conjugates and simplify. Concept 1: Division by a Monomial For Exercises 9 24, divide the polynomials. Check your answer by multiplication. 16t 4 4t 2 20t t 2x 3 8x 2 2x 2x y 24y 2 6y y p 2 18p 4 30p p2

31 Section 5.3 Division of Polynomials x 3 y 12x 2 y 2 4xy xy y 4 12y 3 32y y p 4 6p 3 2p 2 p2 1 6p a 3 5a 2 a 52 1a s 3 t 5 8s 2 t 4 10st 2 2st p 4 q 7 9p 5 q 6 11p 3 q 42 1p 2 q m 5 n 10m 4 n m 3 n2 15m 3 n2 112y 5 8y 6 16y 4 10y y q 3 8q 2 q2 1 12q2 12m 5 3m 4 m 3 m 2 9m2 1m 2 2 8r 4 w 2 4r 3 w 2w 3 4r 3 w 120a 5 b 5 20a 3 b 2 5a 2 b 62 1a 2 b2 Concept 2: Long Division 25. a. Divide 12x 3 7x 2 5x 12 1x 22, and identify the divisor, quotient, and remainder. b. Explain how to check by using multiplication. 26. a. Divide 1x 3 4x 2 7x 32 1x 32, and identify the divisor, quotient, and remainder. b. Explain how to check by using multiplication. For Exercises 27 42, divide the polynomials by using long division. Check your answer by multiplication x 2 11x 192 1x y 3 7y 2 4y 32 1y a 2 77a a y 2 9y y a a x 4 x 3 x 2 4x 22 1x 2 x x 4 3x x n n x 3 7x 2 13x 32 1x 22 1z 3 2z 2 2z 52 1z x 2 29x 62 14x y 2 2y 12 1 y x x 12 12a 5 7a 4 11a 3 22a 2 29a a 2 5a 22 13y 4 25y y m m 32 Concept 3: Synthetic Division 43. Explain the conditions under which you may use synthetic division to divide polynomials. 44. Can synthetic division be used to divide 14x 4 3x 3 7x 92 by 12x 52? Explain why or why not. 45. Can synthetic division be used to divide 16x 5 3x 2 2x 142 by 1x 2 32? Explain why or why not. 46. Can synthetic division be used to divide 13x 4 x 12 by 1x 52? Explain why or why not. 47. Can synthetic division be used to divide 12x 3 4x 62 by 1x 42? Explain why or why not.

32 340 Chapter 5 Polynomials 48. The following table represents the result 49. The following table represents the result of a synthetic division. of a synthetic division Use x as the variable. Use x as the variable. a. Identify the divisor. a. Identify the divisor. b. Identify the quotient. b. Identify the quotient. c. Identify the remainder. c. Identify the remainder. For Exercises 50 61, divide by using synthetic division. Check your answer by multiplication x 2 2x 482 1x x 2 4x 122 1x t 2 3t 42 1t h 2 7h 122 1h y 2 5y 12 1y y 2 4y 3y 3 2 1y z 2z 2 z z w 2 w 52 1w 22 1x 3 3x x w 4 w 2 6w 32 aw 1 13y4 25y y 32 2 b y 4 5y 3 y 2 y 32 ay 3 4 b Mixed Exercises For Exercises 62 73, divide the polynomials by using an appropriate method x 3 8x 2 3x 22 1x x 2 11x x y 3 17y 2 30y y 2 2y x 4 6x 3 3x 12 12x k 11 32k 10 8k 8 40k k x 3 9x 2 10x2 15x xy 2 9x 2 y 6x 2 y 2 2 1x 2 y m 3 4m 2 5m 332 1m h 12 63h 9 45h 8 36h h 9 2 1y 4 3y 3 5y 2 2y 52 1y 22 14m 3 18m 2 22m m 2 4m k 4 3k 3 4k k 2 12 Expanding Your Skills 74. Given P1x2 4x 3 10x 2 8x 20, a. Evaluate P1 42. b. Divide. 14x 3 10x 2 8x 202 1x 42 c. Compare the value found in part (a) to the remainder found in part (b). 75. Given P1x2 3x 3 12x 2 5x 8, a. Evaluate P1 62. b. Divide. 1 3x 3 12x 2 5x 82 1x 62 c. Compare the value found in part (a) to the remainder found in part (b).

33 Section 5.3 Division of Polynomials Based on your solutions to Exercises 74 75, make a conjecture about the relationship between the value of a polynomial function, P(x) at x r and the value of the remainder of P1x2 1x r a. Use synthetic division to divide. 17x 2 16x 92 1x 12 b. Based on your solution to part (a), is x 1 a factor of 7x 2 16x 9? 78. a. Use synthetic division to divide. 18x 2 13x 52 1x 12 b. Based on your solution to part (a), is x 1 a factor of 8x 2 13x 5? Chapter 5 Problem Recognition Exercises Operations on Polynomials Perform the indicated operations t 2 6t 22 13t 2 7t a 1 4 p3 1 6 p2 5b a 2 3 p3 1 3 p2 1 5 pb 2. 5x 2 13x 2 x w w 2.6w 2 5.1w x a 2 4b a 3 8a 2 16a 8a 20. a 1 2 z2 1 3 ba1 2 z2 1 3 b 5. 16z 5216z m 2 6m 72 12m 2 4m y 3 2y 2 y 22 13y 3 4y 32 13b 4212b 12 4x 2 6x 1 2x x 3 10x 2 5x 5x 1m 2 6m 7212m 2 4m 32 1x x a 2212a 2 3a a b t 3 4t 2 t 92 1t t 2 6t a 1x y243a 1x y b 3 3b 102 1b x y2 2 1x y p 521p 52 12p a k k a 1 2 x 1 3 ba1 4 x 1 2 b x 4 11x 3 4x 2 5x 202 1x 42 2t1t 2 6t 32 t13t 2213t 22 7x 2 y 3 14xy 2 x 2 7xy 30. 3x 2 y 3 z 4 a 1 6 x4 yzw 3 b

34 342 Chapter 5 Polynomials Section 5.4 Concepts 1. Factoring Out the Greatest Common Factor 2. Factoring Out a Negative Factor 3. Factoring Out a Binomial Factor 4. Factoring by Grouping Greatest Common Factor and Factoring by Grouping 1. Factoring Out the Greatest Common Factor Sections 5.4 through 5.7 are devoted to a mathematical operation called factoring. To factor an integer means to write the integer as a product of two or more integers. To factor a polynomial means to express the polynomial as a product of two or more polynomials. In the product , for example, 5 and 7 are factors of 35. In the product 12x 121x 62 2x 2 11x 6, the quantities 12x 12 and 1x 62 are factors of 2x 2 11x 6. The greatest common factor (GCF) of a polynomial is the greatest factor that divides each term of the polynomial evenly. For example, the greatest common factor of 9x 4 18x 3 6x 2 is 3x 2. To factor out the greatest common factor from a polynomial, follow these steps: Steps to Remove the Greatest Common Factor 1. Identify the greatest common factor of all terms of the polynomial. 2. Write each term as the product of the GCF and another factor. 3. Use the distributive property to factor out the greatest common factor. Note: To check the factorization, multiply the polynomials. Example 1 Factoring Out the Greatest Common Factor Factor out the greatest common factor. a. 12x 3 30x 2 b. 12c 2 d 3 30c 3 d 2 3cd a. 12x 3 30x 2 6x 2 12x2 6x The GCF is 6x 2. Write each term as the product of the GCF and another factor. 6x 2 12x 52 Factor out 6x 2 by using the distributive property. Avoiding Mistakes: In Example 1(b), the GCF of 3cd is equal to one of the terms of the polynomial. In such a case, you must leave a 1 in place of that term after the GCF is factored out. 3cd 14cd 2 10c 2 d 12 TIP: A factoring problem can be checked by multiplying the factors: Check: 6x 2 12x 52 12x 3 30x 2 b. 12c 2 d 3 30c 3 d 2 3cd 3cd 14cd 2 2 3cd 110c 2 d2 3cd 112 3cd14cd 2 10c 2 d 12 The GCF is 3cd. Write each term as the product of the GCF and another factor. Factor out 3cd by using the distributive property. Check: 3cd14cd 2 10c 2 d 12 12c 2 d 3 30c 3 d 2 3cd

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