Factorization

 

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FACTORISATION

CONTENT

  • Factorization of simple expression
  • The difference of two squares
  • Factorization of a quadratic expression

 

FACTORISATION OF SIMPLE EXPRESSION

To factorize an expression completely, take the HCF outside the bracket and then divide each term with the HCF.

Example:

Factorize the following completely.

  1. 8xy + 4x2y
  2. 6ab – 8a2b + 12ab

Solution:

  1. 8xy + 4x2y

8xy = 2 X 2 X 2 X x X y

4x2y = 2 X 2 X xXxX y

HCF = 4xy

8xy + 4x2y = 4xy ( 2 + x)

= 4xy ( 2 + x)

 

  1. 9a2bc3 – 12ab2c2

9a2bc3 = 3 X 3 X a X a X c X c X c

12ab2c2 = 2 X 2 X 3 X b X b X c X c

HCF = 3abc2

= 3abc2 (3ac – 4b)

 

 

EVALUATION

factorize the following expression

  1. 9x2yz2 – 12x3z3
  2. 14cd + 35cd2f
  3. 20m2n – 15mn2

 

FACTORISATION BY GROUPING

To factorize an expression containing four terms, you need to group the terms into pairs. Then factorize each pair of terns.

Example:

factorize ab – 2cb + 2cf – af

Solution:

Group ab and af together and 2cb and 2cf together

i.e. ab – 2cb + 2cf –af = ab – af – 2cb + 2cf

= a( b – f ) -2c( b – f )

= (a – 2c)( b – f)

 

EVALUATION

factorize these expressions;

  1. 16uv – 12vt + 20mu – 15mt
  2. ap +aq +bq + bp
  3. mn – pq-pn +mq

 

 

FACTORISATION OF QUADRATIC EXPRESSIONS

A quadratic expression has two (2) as its highest power; hence this at times is called a polynomial of the second order. The general representation of quadratic expression is

ax 2 + bx + c where a ≠ 0.

From the above expression, a, b, and c stands for a number and are called constants.

 

NOTE

  1. if ax 2 +bx + c= 0, this is known as quadratic equation
  2. a is coefficient of x2, b is coefficient of x and c is a constant term.
  3. When an expression contains three terms, it is known as trinomial.
  4. To be able to factorize trinomial, we need to convert it to contain four terms.

 

Examples: factorization of trinomial of the form x2 +bx + c.

  1. Factorise x2 +7x +6

Steps:

  • Multiply the 1st and the last term (3rd term) of the expression.
  • Find two factors of the above multiple such that if added gives the second term (middle) and when multiplied gives the result in step 1.
  • Replace the middle term with these two numbers and factorize by grouping.

 

Solution to example:

X2 x 6 = 6x2

Factors: 6 and 1

X2 + 6x + x + 6

X(x+6) +1(x+6)

(x+6)(x+1)

 

EVALUATION

  1. z2 – 2z + 1
  2. x2 +10x – 24

 

FACTORISATION OF QUADRATIC EQUATIONS OF THE FORM ax 2 +bx +c

Example:  5x 2 -9x +4

Solution:

Product: 5x 2 x 4 = 20x 2

Factors: -5 and -4

Sum: -5-4 = -9

Hence, 5x 2 – 9x + 4

5x2  -5x -4x +4

5x(x-1)-4(x-1)

(5x-4)(x-1)

 

EVALUATION

  1. 2x 2 +13x +6
  2. 13d 2 – 11d – 2

 

 

FACTORISATION OF TWO SQUARES

To factorise two squares with a difference, we need to remember the law guiding difference of two squares i.e. x 2 – y2  = (x + y) (x- y).

Examples:

  1. P 2 – Q2 = (P+Q) (P-Q)
  2. 36y 2 – 1= 6 2 y 2 –  1 2

= (6y)2  – 1 = ( 6y+1) (6y-1).

 

EVALUATION

  1. 121- y 2
  2. x2y2 – 42

 

READING ASSIGNMENT

Essential Mathematics for J.S.S.3 Pg29-36

Exam focus for J.S.S CE Pg101-105-

 

WEEKEND ASSIGNMENT

  1. The coefficient of x 2 in x 2  + 3x -5 is  3 B. 1 C. -5 D. 2
  2. Simplify
      • A. e 2 – f 2 (e+f)(e-f)
      • B. (e+f)(f+e)
      • C. (e-f)(f-e) D. e+f
  3. Factorize x 2 +x -6 (x+3)(x+2) B. (x-2)(x+3) C. (x+1)(x+5) D. x + 2
  4. Solve by grouping 5h 2 -20h + h – 4 A. (h-4)(5h+1) B. (h+4)(5h-1) C. (h+2)(h-5) D. h – 4
  5. 49m 2 – 64n 2 when factorized will be A. (7m+8n)(8m+7n) B. (8m-7n)(8m+7n)
  6. (7m-8n)(7m+8n) D. 7m – 8n

 

THEORY

Factorise the following

  1. 4p2 – 12p +9q2
  2. f 2 – 2f + 1

 

 

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