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### Course: Algebra 2 > Unit 3

Lesson 1: Factoring monomials- Introduction to factoring higher degree polynomials
- Introduction to factoring higher degree monomials
- Which monomial factorization is correct?
- Worked example: finding the missing monomial factor
- Worked example: finding missing monomial side in area model
- Factoring monomials
- Factor monomials

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# Introduction to factoring higher degree polynomials

Unpack the process of factoring monomials in algebra. Learn to simplify third-degree polynomials and tackle fourth-degree monomials. Understand the structure of introductory algebra and apply it to higher degree polynomials. Explore the concept of factoring multiple times and delve into the difference of squares. It's all about breaking down complex expressions into simpler parts!

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- Good thing he gave these examples. I get way too many people randomly walking up to me and asking me questions like this. Kind of annoying not gonna lie.(39 votes)
- It's difficult to go outside and fearing anybody walking up to me to ask me these stuff.(6 votes)

- Where are the Algebra 1 videos on factoring polynomials? I just need a bit of review...(16 votes)
- You should be able to search it if you cant find it by just looking around. Hope this helps!(18 votes)

- Am I the only one who starts day dreaming halfway through this video of getting a t-shirt printed that says “Hey You! Factor this”?(18 votes)
- Well, 2x = 8, so yes(0 votes)

- if they say don't stress about they mean the opposite of that(12 votes)
- my mathematical career(5 votes)
- So basically we'll be using structure in solving higher degree polynomials instead of deducing logical patterns?(4 votes)
- whts the probability that someones gonna walk up to in the street and ask you "Hey can you factor some complicated math that i dont wanna do?"(3 votes)
- Yes, the chances are slight for somebody to do that but hey, you never know!

However, you are right, this math won't neccesarily help me when Im a mom and trying to figure out how much eggs I should fry. But I just gotta cope with it. Sometimes in life one must to do things that he doesn't want to, so I guess this is a good practice for those times.

Good luck!(3 votes)

- We all must look like mathematicians.(4 votes)
- 2:22How come the 7 and 12 turns into 3 & 4? You would need to know what x is wouldn't you?(1 vote)
- Do you remember factoring quadratic equations? That's what was done here. Might wanna review it if you're unsure!(5 votes)

- do the signs stay the same when factoring polynomails?(1 vote)
- The signs of the coefficients in a polynomial do not necessarily stay the same when factoring a polynomial. When factoring a polynomial, the goal is to express it as a product of simpler polynomials or factors. These factors can have positive or negative coefficients.

For example, consider the polynomial:

P(x) = 2x^3 - 3x^2 + 6x - 4

When factoring this polynomial, you may find factors like:

P(x) = 2(x^2 - 1) - 3(x^2 - 2)

In this case, the signs of the coefficients within the factors have changed, but this is just a rearrangement of the terms to facilitate factoring. Factoring involves finding common factors and rearranging the terms to express the polynomial as a product of simpler factors. The signs of the coefficients within those factors can change, and that's perfectly fine.

So, in general, the signs of coefficients in a polynomial can change during the factoring process as long as you correctly factor the polynomial into its simpler components.(4 votes)

## Video transcript

- [Narrator] When we first
learned algebra together, we started factoring polynomials,
especially quadratics. We recognized that an
expression like x squared could be written as x times x. We also recognized that a
polynomial like three x squared plus four x, that in
this situation both terms have the common factor of x and you could factor that out and so you could rewrite this as x times three x plus four. And we also learned to do fancier things. We learned to factor things like x squared plus seven x plus 12. We were able to say, "Hey!
What two numbers would add up to seven, and if I were to multiply them I'd get 12, and in those early videos, we show why that worked, and we'd say well, three and four, so
maybe this can be factored as x plus three times x plus four. If this is unfamiliar
to you, I encourage you to go review that in some of the introductory factoring
quadratics on Khan Academy. It should be review at this point in your journey. We also looked at things
like differences of squares. X squared minus nine. We'd say "Hey, that's x
squared minus three squared, so we could factor that as x plus three times x minus three. And
we looked at other types of quadratics. Now, as we go deeper into
our algebra journeys, we're going to build on this to factor higher degree polynomials. Third degree, fourth
degree, fifth degree, which will be very useful in
your mathematical careers. But we're going to start
doing it by really looking at some of the structures,
some of the patterns that we seen in introductory algebra. For example, let's say someone
walks up to you on the street and says, "Can you factor x to the third plus seven x squared plus 12 x?" Well, at first your wanna say
"Oh, this is a third-degree polynomial that seems
kind of intimidating", until you realize, "Hey,
all of these terms have the common factor x, so
if I factor that out, then it becomes x times x
squared plus seven x plus 12." And then, this is exactly
what we saw over here, so we could rewrite all of this as x times x plus three times x plus four. So we're going to see
that we might be able to do some simple factoring like this, and even factoring multiple times. We might also start to
appreciate structure that brings us back to some of what we saw in
our introductory algebra. So, for example, you might
see something like this, where, once again, someone
walks up to you on the street and says "Hey, you factor
this, a to the fourth power plus seven a squared plus
12," and at first you're like "Wow! There's a fourth
power here, what do I do?" Until you say "Well, what
if I were to rewrite this as a squared squared plus
seven a squared plus 12." And now, this a squared is
looking an awful lot like this x over here. If this were an x, than
this would be x squared. If this were an x, than
this would just be an x. And then these expressions
would be the same. So when I factor it,
everywhere I see an x, I could replace with an a squared. So I could factor this out
really looking at the same structure we have here
as a squared plus three times a squared plus four. Now, I'm going really
faster, this is really the introductory video,
the overview video. Don't worry if this is a
little bit much too fast. This is really just to
give you a sense of things. Later in this unit,
we're going to dig deeper into each of these cases. But just to give you a
sense of where we're going, I'll give you another example
that builds off of what you likely saw in your
introductory algebra learning. So, building off of the structure here, if someone were to walk up to you again, a lot of people are walking up to you, and say "Factor four x to the sixth minus nine y to the fourth." Well, at first, this
looks quite intimidating, until you realize that "Hey, I could write both of these as squares.
I could write this first one as two x to the third squared minus, and I could write this second term as three y squared squared." And now, this is just a
difference of squares. So it'd be, two x to the
third, plus three y squared times two x to the third
minus three y squared. We'll also see things like this where we're going to be
factoring multiple times. So, once again, someone
walks up to you in the street and they, you're a very popular person. Someone walks up to you
on the street and says "Factor x to the fourth
minus y to the fourth." Well, based on what we just saw, you could realize that
this is the same thing as x squared squared minus y squared squared, and you say "Okay, this is
a difference of squares, just like this was a
difference of squares." So it's going to be the sum of x squared and y squared, x squared plus y squared, times the difference of them. X squared minus y squared. Now this is fun, because this
too a difference of squares. So we can rewrite this whole thing as, I'll rewrite this first part, x squared, x squared plus y squared,
and then we can factor this as a difference of squares, just as we factored this up here. And we get x plus y times x minus y. So I'll leave you there. I've just bombarded you
with a bunch of information, but this is really just
to get you warmed up. Don't stress about it
because we're gonna go deep into each of these and there's
gonna be plenty of chances to practice it on Khan Academy
to make sure you understand where all of this is coming from. Enjoy.