Factoring Quadratics (Level 1) Page 1 of 3
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Review of the Distributive Property (FOIL)
Subtraction doesn't make a whole lot of sense if you don't know how to add. And division is pretty tricky if you don't know how to multiply. Likewise, factoring doesn't make much sense if you don't know how to distribute.
Before you can factor, you need to make sure you understand how to simplify a problem like (x + 2)(x + 5). A lot of teachers use the FOIL method to do this (Firsts, Outsides, Insides, Lasts). You can call it FOIL if you want, really you're just distributing twice. First, distribute the x (multiply the Firsts, multiply the Outsides). Then, distribute the 2 (multiply the Insides, multiply the Lasts). Last, combine like terms to get the simplified answer.