7.1 Factoring the GCF

Factoring the GCF of a polynomial

First we learn to factor out the GCF of a polynomial. Here’s a video with some examples.

If you need more practice with that, here’s a worksheet with a bunch of problems along with the answers to check against.

Factoring a quadrinomial by grouping

Now we learn a method of factoring some four term polynomials by grouping the first two terms and the last two terms, and then finding the GCF of those groups. We finish by finding the GCF of the two terms that remain. Here’s a video that covers an example of this.

If you need more practice factoring a four term polynomial by grouping, here is a worksheet along with the key you can practice with.