Intermediate Algebra (6th Edition)

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ISBN 13: 978-0-32178-504-6

Chapter 5 - Section 5.6 - Factoring Trinomials - Exercise Set - Page 303: 45



Work Step by Step

The two numbers whose product is $ac= 1(-54)=-54 $ and whose sum is $b= -15 $ are $\{ -18,3 \}$. Using these two numbers to decompose the middle term, then the factored form of the expression, $ x^2-15x-54 $, is \begin{array}{l}\require{cancel} x^2-18x+3x-54 \\\\= (x^2-18x)+(3x-54) \\\\= x(x-18)+3(x-18) \\\\= (x-18)(x+3) .\end{array}
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