Many polynomial equations can be solved quite simply when the first step consists of factoring. Factoring is an essential skill to be mastered in an algebra course. While there are a number of different techniques that can be used to factor polynomial functions of all types, for our purposes we are going to focus on factoring quadratic polynomials of the formax² +bx+c. A number of different methods have been introduced to help students find the factors of quadratic polynomials. Some such methods of factoringax² +bx+careFactoring by Grouping, Box Method, Star Method/Diamond Method/X-method, and Tic-Tac-Toe Method.
Research one of the methods listed above or another method of your choice for factoring trinomials of the formax² +bx+c.