Elementary Algebra

Published by Cengage Learning
ISBN 10: 1285194055
ISBN 13: 978-1-28519-405-9

Chapter 6 - Factoring, Solving Equations, and Problem Solving - 6.5 - Factoring, Solving Equations, and Problem Solving - Problem Set 6.5: 101

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While it is not necessary, looking for the greatest common monomial factor is useful because it makes the expression more simple (by making the numbers less large). This is helpful as factoring is a matter of guessing and checking, so reducing the size of the numbers largely reduces the amount of effort it takes to solve for the factor.
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