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## Algebra basics

### Course: Algebra basics > Unit 7

Lesson 4: Factoring polynomials by taking common factors- Factoring with the distributive property
- Factoring polynomials by taking a common factor
- Taking common factor from binomial
- Taking common factor from trinomial
- Taking common factor: area model
- Factoring polynomials: common binomial factor
- Factor polynomials: common factor
- Factoring by common factor review

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# Factoring by common factor review

The expression 6m+15 can be factored into 3(2m+5) using the distributive property. More complex expressions like 44k^5-66k^4 can be factored in much the same way. This article provides a couple of examples and gives you a chance to try it yourself.

### Example 1

**Factor.**

Both terms share a common factor of start color #e07d10, 3, end color #e07d10, so we factor out the start color #e07d10, 3, end color #e07d10 using the distributive property:

*Want a more in-depth explanation? Check out this video.*

### Example 2

**Factor out the greatest common monomial.**

The coefficients are 44, comma, 66, comma and 77, and their greatest common factor is start color #11accd, 11, end color #11accd.

The variables are k, start superscript, 5, end superscript, comma, k, start superscript, 4, end superscript, comma and k, cubed, and their greatest common factor is start color #11accd, k, cubed, end color #11accd.

Therefore, the greatest common monomial factor is start color #11accd, 11, k, cubed, end color #11accd.

Factoring, we get:

*Want another example like this one? Check out this video.*

## Want to join the conversation?

- I heard there's a way that can solve all the polynomials speedy. That's cross-factoring, but anyone knows how to use cross-factoring, and could it really solve all kinds of polynomials speedy?(3 votes)
- I guess the term 'cross-factoring' is used when you're dividing a polynomial by a polynomial. There is a term 'cross out' when simplifying a polynomial. You just need to factor the denominator and numerator. Then, find the same factors and divide both numerator and denominator. We usually call this 'cross out'.

Hope this help! If you have any questions or need help, please ask! :)(3 votes)

- my test is today and im still struggling(2 votes)
- I don't get what it means by "Factor the polynomial as the product of two binomials". Does it mean to factor it out after the two are multiplied or does it mean to have the product be the factor?(1 vote)
- Wayne,
*Factor the polynomial as the product of two binomials*mean that you are asked to take an expression that looks like this`a^2+2ab+b^2`

*(a polynomial)*

and algebraically manipulate the terms until the expression looks like this:`(a+b)(a+b)`

*two binomial factors being multiplied*(2 votes)

- I still am having a little bit of trouble but I think your video helped. If you can explain a little more I would rely think that it would be helpful?(1 vote)
- I think you don't have to rewrite the whole equation with the answer(1 vote)
- a^2b-ab^2

can you help me solve this?(1 vote) - How do you facto when all the numbers are negative?(1 vote)
- i still dont know or understand how to do this(1 vote)
- The third term's sign is a negative, right? How is the trinomial's Greatest Common Factor a positive, when one term is a negative?(1 vote)
- Factoring is correct as shown on the screen. Factoring out a common factor divides each term by that factor to remove the common factor from each term. Thus, the signs of the common factor and the new terms follow the rules for division with signed numbers.

positive / positive = positive

positive / negative = negative

negative / positive = negative

negative / negative = positive.

The common factors "11k^3" is positive. The third term "77k^3" is also positive.

A positive / a positive = a positive.

Hope this helps.(1 vote)

- How do you do quadratic factorization without algebraic discs?(1 vote)