How do you factor #3x^3-12x^2-45x#?

2 Answers
Apr 24, 2017

Answer:

You can write down #3x(x^2-4x-15)#

Explanation:

If you take a look at your equation, all numeric terms can be divided by 3. Also notice that x is the smallest term found in all terms. Now you can write down:

#3x(x^2-4x-15)#.

Apr 24, 2017

Answer:

#=3x(x-(4+2sqrt19)/2)(x-(4-2sqrt19)/2)#

Explanation:

Factorization is determined either by taking common factor or
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computing #delta#
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#3x^3-12x^2-45x#
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#=3x(x^2-4x-15)#
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#delta=(-4)^2-4(1)(-15)#
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#delta=16+60#
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#delta=76#
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Since #delta>0# so #x^2-4x-15# admits two roots :
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The first root is:
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#x_1=(-(-4)+sqrt(76))/2#
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#x_1=(4+2sqrt19)/2#
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The second root is:
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#x_1=(-(-4)-sqrt(76))/2#
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#x_2=(4-2sqrt19)/2#
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Then :
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#x^2-4x-15=(x-(4+2sqrt19)/2)(x-(4-2sqrt19)/2)#
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Therefore:
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#3x^3-12x^2-45x#
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#=3x(x^2-4x-15)#
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#=3x(x-(4+2sqrt19)/2)(x-(4-2sqrt19)/2)#