College Algebra 7th Edition

Published by Brooks Cole
ISBN 10: 1305115546
ISBN 13: 978-1-30511-554-5

Chapter P, Prerequisites - Section P.6 - Factoring - P.6 Exercises - Page 42: 15



Work Step by Step

RECALL: A trinomial of the form $x^2+bx+c$ (leading coefficient is 1) can be factored if there are factors of $c$ (say, $d$ and $e$) whose sum is equal to $b$. The trinomial factors as $(x+d)(x+e)$ The given trinomial has a leading coefficient of 1 so the factoring technique mentioned above may be used. Look for factors of $7$ whose sum is equal to 8. Note that $7(1) = 7$ and $7+1=8$ This means that the given trinomial factors as $(x+7)(x+1)$.
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