tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2282727803844158759.post2565353911511877667..comments2013-09-15T14:04:41.816-07:00Comments on Algebraic Bewilderment: Factoring and simplifying rational expresssionsRedSpiralhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18307556026724125766noreply@blogger.comBlogger1125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2282727803844158759.post-42727150471917725082007-02-13T10:56:00.000-08:002007-02-13T10:56:00.000-08:00Start with the last number in the equation you are...Start with the last number in the equation you are factoring, and make a list of the possible constants for the factored equation. In the example you gave, there are only two possibilities: 3 and 5, or 1 and 15.<BR/><BR/>Now look at the middle number (-2). How can you come up with it from combos of the list above. The only possibility is 3-5=-2.<BR/><BR/>That's the thought process. The rest is just formatting (writing the answer as a "factored" equation).punchberryhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/00086504186069099231noreply@blogger.com