How do you factor completely #vwx + wxy - xyz#?

1 Answer
Apr 24, 2016

Answer:

#vwx+wxy-xyz = x(vw+wy-yz)#

Explanation:

All of the terms are divisible by #x#, so we can separate that out as a factor:

#vwx+wxy-xyz = x(vw+wy-yz)#

It is not possible to factor this further.

Note that if there was an additional term #-vxz# in the original expression then we would be able to factor further:

#vwx+wxy-xyz-vxz = x(w-z)(v+y)#

Was this omitted by accident?