Factoring Polynomials

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



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



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

Source: Robert Kaplinsky

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  1. 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.

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