## Algebra 1

$7x^{2}$ - 61x - 18 = (7x+2)(x-9)
$7x^{2}$ - 61x - 18 = (7x+2)(x-p) Given the rule, we know that the last term of a polynomial is a product of the last term in each parenthesis. To get the second term we divide the last term of the polynomial by the last term of the first parenthesis. $\frac{-18}{2}$ = -9 (x-9) Thus, $7x^{2}$ - 61x - 18 = (7x+2)(x-9)