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1. The Simple Stuff
When we're factorising the basic things, we
usually have a basic addition sum, with a few
seemingly nonessential letters like "x" or "y"
thrown in. These letters, are in fact, quite
necessary for the factorisation (Or else it
would be just a plain ol' addition sum.). Here's
an example of a factorising sum: 6x + 6y.
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Now you're probably thinking, from the
example, WHAT!? Math, with numbers AND
letters!? SORCERY! These letters are in fact,
not threatening or anything like that, they just
have the potential for being incredibly
confusing. Now. Onto how to actually factorise.
The first thing we need to do is group the
letters and the numbers into their own little
areas of the sum. Here's how. You need to first,
find what's common on each side of the
symbol, in this case, the symbol is "+". Find
what's common on each side and write it
The common "factor" as they are called, is the
number "6". Right. Write that down and open
a bracket. What you should see now is: "6(".
What we now have is a "6" and an open
bracket. We also have an "x" a "+" and a "y".
We need to utilise these in our sum.
To do this, you need only just write them into
the bracket, resulting in "6(x + y)" That's it. The
factorisation has been completed. Whoop de
Now, that sum seemed simple, didn't it? With
enough practice, the simplest form of
factorising can become almost automatic.
Factorising, as with every single piece of math
will inevitably become significantly more
complicated and confusing. For now, though,
we'll stick to the simple stuff.…read more
2. The Slightly less Simple Stuff
As previously stated, Factorising will become
inevitably more complicated. I'll go along, showing
the easiest to the hardest types of factorising I
know. Let's continue.
Approximately 63.295% of Factorising sums will
not be just two letters, two numbers and a symbol.
Here's an example of one of the 63.295%: 7a 21.…read more