Both numerical and algebraic expressions can be factored using some specific method(s).

The simplest expressions to factor are of course numerical expressions.

It is not hard to see that 12 = 4 × 3 once you know your multiplication table.

However, factoring a big number like 240 may require a lot more work.

The lesson below about factoring integers will show you how to factor 240 and other big numbers.

Then, you will be ready to factor algebraic expressions such as x

There are three concepts you will need to understand very well before you attempt to factor an expression

Start by studing the topics in the introduction

Factoring integers

Important to understand in order to grasp the meaning of factor

Finding the greatest common factor

Important to understand before factoring polynomials or expressions with at least two terms

Multiplying binomials

Important to understand before factoring trinomials

Factoring algebraic expressions

Learn how to factor a polynomial or an algebraic expression with two or more terms

Factoring trinomials

Learn to factor a trinomial that has the form x

Factoring by grouping

Learn how to factor a trinomial of the form ax

Factoring perfect square trinomials

Learn to factor perfect square trinomials

Factoring using the quadratic formula

Learn to factor using the quadratic formula x

Factoring radicals

Learn how to factor and simplify radicals

Factoring calculator

Use this calculator to factor a trinomial

Quadratic equation solver

Use this quadratic equation calculator to solve any quadratic equation.

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