What is Factoring? – Practice Problems

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The process of writing a polynomial as a product is called factoring. Finding and factoring out the greatest common factor of a polynomial is the first step when factoring, and so it can be an important part of simplifying an expression. Factoring allows one to break down a complicated polynomial into much simpler expressions whose structures are easier to work with. Learn how to factor polynomials by helping Ralph Kakerlake design a sports tournament program to build interplanetary relations among participating planets in the annual Confederation of United Planets (CUP). Common Core Reference: CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.A.3

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Exercises in this Practice Problem
Recall the steps for factoring an expression.
Factor the expressions.
Identify the expressions that are factored completely.
Construct and factor the corresponding expressions.
Identify the GCF between the pairs of numbers.
Decide how to factor the expressions.