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Factoring Trinomials

The following diagram shows how to factor trinomials with two variables. This method only works when the leading coefficient is one. Scroll down the page for examples and solutions for other methods.

**How to factor Trinomials with two variables?**

Sometimes a trinomial may consists of two variables. We can factor the trinomial in a similar way as if it has only one variable. We can use the trial and error method (reverse FOIL method), the grouping method or the AC method.

**Factoring trinomials with two variables**

Step 1: Find the Product, Sum and the two numbers that "work"

Product = (First number) × (Last number)

Sum = (Middle Number)

Find two numbers that when multiplied gives the Product and when added gives the Sum.

Step 2: Split the middle term.

Step 3: Group in twos and remove the GCF of each group.

Step 4: Write in factored form.

**How to factor trinomials with two variables and a = 1?**

Some strategies to factor trinomials that have a = 1

Examples:

1. a^{2} - 9ab + 14b^{2}

2. m^{2} - mn - 30n^{2}

**How to factor trinomial with two variables and a > 1?**

Example:

18m^{2} - 9mn - 2n^{2}

**Factor trinomial containing two variables**

Example:

v^{2} + 5vf - 24f^{2}
**How to factor trinomial with two variables using gcf then grouping?**

Example:

6m^{6}n + 11m^{5}n^{2} + 3m^{4}n^{3}
**How to factor a trinomial with two variables using the AC Method?**

Example:

30x^{3}y - 25x^{2}y^{2} - 30xy^{3}
**How to Factor Trinomials with Two Variables using the reverse FOIL or trial and error method?**

Examples:

1. 12x^{2} - 5xy - 2y^{2}

2. 6x^{2} - 17xy + 10y^{2}
Examples:

1. 2c^{2} + 13cd + 6d^{2}

2. 5x^{2} - 6xy + 1

Factoring Trinomials

The following diagram shows how to factor trinomials with two variables. This method only works when the leading coefficient is one. Scroll down the page for examples and solutions for other methods.

Sometimes a trinomial may consists of two variables. We can factor the trinomial in a similar way as if it has only one variable. We can use the trial and error method (reverse FOIL method), the grouping method or the AC method.

** Example: **

Factor the following trinomials:

a) e^{2} − 6ef + 9f^{2
}b) 2x^{2} + 7xy − 15y^{2}

** Solution: **

a) e^{2 }− 6ef + 9f^{2} = (e − 3f)^{}^{2 }

b) 2x^{2} + 7xy − 15y^{2} = (2x − 3y)(x + 5y)

Step 1: Find the Product, Sum and the two numbers that "work"

Product = (First number) × (Last number)

Sum = (Middle Number)

Find two numbers that when multiplied gives the Product and when added gives the Sum.

Step 2: Split the middle term.

Step 3: Group in twos and remove the GCF of each group.

Step 4: Write in factored form.

Some strategies to factor trinomials that have a = 1

Examples:

1. a

2. m

Example:

18m

Example:

v

Example:

6m

Example:

30x

Examples:

1. 12x

2. 6x

1. 2c

2. 5x

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