Factoring quadratics finds the roots or x-intercepts of
a quadratic equation. Factoring quadratic equations in
standard form, , can often be accomplished by finding
two numbers that add to give b, and multiply to give
A "quadratic" is a polynomial that looks like "ax2 + bx + c", where "a", "b",
and "c" are just numbers.
To factorise an expression such x2 + 5x + 6, you need to look for two numbers that add up to make 5
and multiply to give 6. The factor pairs of 6 are: 1 and 6 2 and 3 2 and 3 add up to 5. So: (x +2) (x+3) =
x2 + 5x + 6
linear simultaneous equations
linear simultaneous equations are two (or more) linear
equations that must be true at the same time. 'linear'
means there are no pesky x^2 terms