Intermediate Algebra (12th Edition)

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Chapter 5 - Section 5.2 - Factoring Trinomials - 5.2 Exercises - Page 337: 30


not factorable with integer coefficients

Work Step by Step

$\bf{\text{Solution Outline:}}$ To factor the quadratic expression $x^2+bx+c,$ find two numbers, $m_1$ and $m_2,$ whose product is $c$ and whose sum is $b$. Then, express the factored form as $(x+m_1)(x+m_2).$ $\bf{\text{Solution Details:}}$ In the given expression, $ p^2q^2-5pq-18 ,$ the value of $c$ is $ -18 $ and the value of $b$ is $ -5 .$ The possible pairs of integers whose product is $c$ are \begin{array}{l}\require{cancel} \{1,-18\}, \{2,-9\}, \{3,-6\}, \{-1,18\}, \{-2,9\}, \{-3,6\} .\end{array} Among these pairs, none gives a sum of $b.$ Hence, the given expression is $\text{ not factorable with integer coefficients .}$
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