Learn how to choose the best factoring strategy when factoring polynomials. The following is just a guideline so you know how to approach the problem without wasting too much time using the wrong approach.
Are there any common factors? If so factor out the greatest common factor (GCF)
How many terms does the polynomial have?
1. If there are two terms, decide if one of the following can be used to factor the polynomial.
2. If there are three terms, try one of the following.
3. If there are 4 or more terms, try factoring by grouping.
Step 3. Check to see if the factored polynomial can be factored further.
Step 4. Check my multiplying.