## Introductory Algebra for College Students (7th Edition)

Factoring is the process of writing a sum of monomial terms as a product of prime polynomials. A prime polynomial is one that can not be factored any further, using integer coefficients. Methods of factoring covered in this section are: - factoring the greatest common factor, - factoring in groups (more methods will be covered in the sections that follow.) Examples: $2x^{2}+4x=2x(x+2)$ $x^{2}+6x+8=(x+4)(x+2)$