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joshiBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
you could try factor by grouping which means you would factor 5w^3 and 20w^2 together. and 3w and 12 together
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ForeverRebelBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
so it would be...12w12?? o my im lost
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joshiBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
well lets take 5w^3 20w^2 for now. what do the numbers 5 and 20 have in common? like you have to see if they can both be 'factored' by the same number.
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joshiBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
yeah that's right! so we can 'take out 5 in common' or factor the 5. basically factoring is just a simpler way of writing the same equation. so 5w^3 20w^2 = 5(w^3  4w^2)
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joshiBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
because brackets mean multiplication right? so if you multiplied the 5 you would get the same thing
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mathstudent55Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Factor by grouping. See what you can factor out of the first two terms, and see what you can factor out of the last two terms. 5w^3  20w^2 + 3w  12 first two terms have 5w^2 as common factor last two terms have factor of 3 5w^2(w  4) + 3(w  4) Now notice that (w  4) is a common factor, so take it out (w  4)(5w^2 + 3)
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ForeverRebelBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
is that the answer?
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mathstudent55Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Yes, w  4 cannot be factored, and 5w^2 + 3 cannot be factored, so that's it.
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