College Algebra (10th Edition)

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Chapter R - Section R.5 - Factoring Polynomials - R.5 Assess Your Understanding: 52

Answer

$(x-4)(x+2)$

Work Step by Step

RECALL: A trinomial of the form $x^2+bx+c$ can be factored if there are integers $d$ and $e$ such that $c=de$ and $b=d+e$. The trinomial's factored form will be: $x^2+bx+c=(x+d)(x+e)$ The given trinomial has $b=-2$ and $c=-8$. Note that $-8=(-4)(2)$ and $-2=(-4)+2$. This means that $d=-4$ and $e=2$ Thus, the factored form of the trinomial is: $=[x+(-4)] (x+2) \\=(x-4)(x+2)$
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