Key Terms

difference of squares pattern
If a and b are real numbers,

Factoring is splitting a product into factors; in other words, it is the reverse process of multiplying.

greatest common factor
The greatest common factor is the largest expression that is a factor of two or more expressions is the greatest common factor (GCF).

perfect square trinomials pattern
If a and b are real numbers,

prime polynomials
Polynomials that cannot be factored are prime polynomials.

quadratic equations
are equations in which the variable is squared.

sum and difference of cubes pattern

Zero Product Property
The Zero Product Property states that, if the product of two quantities is zero, at least one of the quantities is zero.