Directions: What numbers go in the blanks to make the equation true?

### Hint

### Hint

How would using a visual representation like algebra tiles or an array method make this easier to factor?

### Answer

### Answer

The first blank is 6 and the second blank is 2.

Source: Robert Kaplinsky

This is High School? Then if they have a clue about algebra I would expect them to see this as a problem with 2 unknowns, call them A and B, multiply out the factors and solve the resulting equations. In fact by looking at the x cubed term it is “obvious” with this approach that the second number is 2. Anyway, the hint is odd as we have the factors already.

Thanks again for your contributions Howard. Clearly there are many ways to solve these problems.