Factor polynomials
Objectives
Student will be able to:
factor the difference of two squares.
factor perfect square trinomials.
factor polynomials by finding the greatest common factor.
Exercises
Complete the exercises. Show all work.
1.
When Dante's factorization of the following problem was marked incorrect by his teacher, he was puzzled because he thought he had done it correctly. Explain where Dante made his error.
Possible explanation:
The sum of two squares
is not factorable.
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2.
Consider a circle whose area is given by the formula:
Factor the formula to find an expression for the radius of the circle.
Hint: The expression in parentheses is
The radius of the circle is
.
Check student's work.
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3.
If the Earth was cut at the equator, the surface area of the cut could be expressed as approximately the area of a circle with this formula:
Factor the polynomial in the parenthesis to find an expression for the radius of the Earth in miles.
Hint:
The radius is
Check student's work.
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4.
Sopan's square painting has an area expressed by this polynomial:
Factor the polynomial to find an expression for the length of a side of the painting.
(Remember, the area of a square is the product of its dimensions.)
The length of a side of the painting is
inches.
Check student's work.
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5.
Hoa is building a cover for her son's rectangular sandbox. The area of the cover can be expressed by this binomial:
Factor to determine the dimensions of the cover.
The dimensions of the cover are
.
Check student's work.
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