Intermediate Algebra (12th Edition)

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ISBN 13: 978-0-32196-935-4

Chapter 5 - Section 5.1 - Greatest Common Factors and Factoring by Grouping - 5.1 Exercises: 66

Answer

$(a-4)(2b^2+1)$

Work Step by Step

$\bf{\text{Solution Outline:}}$ Group the terms of the given expression, $ 2ab^2-8b^2+a-4 ,$ such that the factored form of the groupings will result to a factor common to the entire expression. Then, factor the $GCF$ in each group. Finally, factor the $GCF$ of the entire expression. $\bf{\text{Solution Details:}}$ Grouping the first and second terms and the third and fourth terms, the given expression is equivalent to \begin{array}{l}\require{cancel} (2ab^2-8b^2)+(a-4) .\end{array} Factoring the $GCF$ in each group results to \begin{array}{l}\require{cancel} 2b^2(a-4)+(a-4) .\end{array} Factoring the $GCF= (a-4) $ of the entire expression above results to \begin{array}{l}\require{cancel} (a-4)(2b^2+1) .\end{array}
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