Suppose your height above sea level in feet when traveling over a hill can be represented by the expression
Guidance
In this Concept, we will learn how to factor quadratic polynomials for different values of
Factoring Quadratic Expressions in Standard Form Quadratic polynomials are polynomials of degree 2. The standard form of a quadratic polynomial is
Example A
Factor
Solution: We are looking for an answer that is the product of the two binomials in parentheses:
To fill in the blanks, we want two numbers
So the answer is
We can check to see if this is correct by multiplying
2 is multiplied by
Combine the like terms:
Example B
Factor
Solution: We are looking for an answer that is the product of the two binomials in parentheses:
The number 8 can be written as the product of the following numbers.
And
The answer is
Example C
Factor
Solution: We are looking for an answer that is the product of the two binomials in parentheses:
In this case, we must take the negative sign into account. The number –15 can be written as the product of the following numbers.
And also,
The answer is
To Summarize:
A quadratic of the form
 If
b andc are positive then bothm andn are positive. Example:
x2+8x+12 factors as(x+6)(x+2) .
 Example:
 If
b is negative andc is positive then both \begin{align*}m\end{align*}m and \begin{align*}n\end{align*}n are negative. Example: \begin{align*}x^26x+8\end{align*}
x2−6x+8 factors as \begin{align*}(x2)(x4)\end{align*}(x−2)(x−4) .
 Example: \begin{align*}x^26x+8\end{align*}
 If \begin{align*}c\end{align*}
c is negative then either \begin{align*}m\end{align*}m is positive and \begin{align*}n\end{align*}n is negative or viceversa. Example: \begin{align*}x^2+2x15\end{align*}
x2+2x−15 factors as \begin{align*}(x+5)(x3)\end{align*}(x+5)(x−3) .  Example: \begin{align*}x^2+34x35\end{align*}
x2+34x−35 factors as \begin{align*}(x+35)(x1)\end{align*}(x+35)(x−1) .
 Example: \begin{align*}x^2+2x15\end{align*}
 If \begin{align*}a=1\end{align*}
a=−1 , factor a common factor of –1 from each term in the trinomial and then factor as usual. The answer will have the form \begin{align*}(x+m)(x+n)\end{align*}−(x+m)(x+n) . Example: \begin{align*}x^2+x+6\end{align*}
−x2+x+6 factors as \begin{align*}(x3)(x+2)\end{align*}−(x−3)(x+2) .
 Example: \begin{align*}x^2+x+6\end{align*}
Guided Practice
Factor \begin{align*} x^2+x+6\end{align*}
Solution: First factor the common factor of –1 from each term in the trinomial. Factoring –1 changes the signs of each term in the expression.
\begin{align*}x^2+x+6 = (x^2x6)\end{align*}
We are looking for an answer that is the product of the two binomials in parentheses: \begin{align*}(x \pm \underline{\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;} \ )(x \pm \underline{\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;} \ )\end{align*}
Now our job is to factor \begin{align*}x^2x6\end{align*}
The number –6 can be written as the product of the following numbers.
\begin{align*}&6=(1) \times 6 \qquad and \qquad (1)+6=5\\
&6=1 \times (6) \qquad and \qquad 1+(6)=5\\
&6=(2) \times 3 \qquad and \qquad (2)+3=1\\
&6=2 \times (3) \qquad and \qquad 2+(3)=1 \qquad This \ is \ the \ correct \ choice.\end{align*}
The answer is \begin{align*}(x3)(x+2)\end{align*}
Practice
Sample explanations for some of the practice exercises below are available by viewing the following video. Note that there is not always a match between the number of the practice exercise in the video and the number of the practice exercise listed in the following exercise set. However, the practice exercise is the same in both. CK12 Basic Algebra: Factoring Quadratic Equations (16:30)
Factor the following quadratic polynomials.

\begin{align*}x^2+10x+9\end{align*}
x2+10x+9 
\begin{align*}x^2+15x+50\end{align*}
x2+15x+50 
\begin{align*}x^2+10x+21\end{align*}
x2+10x+21 
\begin{align*}x^2+16x+48\end{align*}
x2+16x+48 
\begin{align*}x^211x+24\end{align*}
x2−11x+24 
\begin{align*}x^213x+42\end{align*}
x2−13x+42 
\begin{align*}x^214x+33\end{align*}
x2−14x+33 
\begin{align*}x^29x+20\end{align*}
x2−9x+20 
\begin{align*}x^2+5x14\end{align*}
x2+5x−14 
\begin{align*}x^2+6x27\end{align*}
x2+6x−27  \begin{align*}x^2+7x78\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}x^2+4x32\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}x^212x45\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}x^25x50\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}x^23x40\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}x^2x56\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}x^22x1\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}x^25x+24\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}x^2+18x72\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}x^2+25x150\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}x^2+21x+108\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}x^2+11x30\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}x^2+12x64\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}x^217x60\end{align*}
Mixed Review
 Evaluate \begin{align*}f(2)\end{align*} when \begin{align*}f(x)=\frac{1}{2} x^26x+4\end{align*}.
 The Nebraska Department of Roads collected the following data regarding mobile phone distractions in traffic crashes by teen drivers.
 Plot the data as a scatter plot.
 Fit a line to this data.
 Predict the number of teenage traffic accidents attributable to cell phones in the year 2012.
Year (\begin{align*}y\end{align*})  Total (\begin{align*}n\end{align*}) 

2002  41 
2003  43 
2004  47 
2005  38 
2006  36 
2007  40 
2008  42 
2009  42 
 Simplify \begin{align*}\sqrt{405}\end{align*}.
 Graph the following on a number line: \begin{align*}\pi, \sqrt{2}, \frac{5}{3},  \frac{3}{10}, \sqrt{16}\end{align*}.
 What is the multiplicative inverse of \begin{align*}\frac{9}{4}\end{align*}?
Quick Quiz
 Name the following polynomial. State its degree and leading coefficient: \begin{align*}6x^2 y^4 z+6x^62y^5+11xyz^4\end{align*}.
 Simplify \begin{align*}(a^2 b^2 c+11abc^5 )+(4abc^53a^2 b^2 c+9abc)\end{align*}.
 A rectangular solid has dimensions \begin{align*}(a+2)\end{align*} by \begin{align*}(a+4)\end{align*} by \begin{align*}(3a)\end{align*}. Find its volume.
 Simplify \begin{align*}3hjk^3 (h^2 j^4 k+6hk^2)\end{align*}.
 Find the solutions to \begin{align*}(x3)(x+4)(2x1)=0\end{align*}.
 Multiply \begin{align*}(a9b)(a+9b)\end{align*}.