How do you factor the expression #6x^2 - 21x - 9#?
When factorizing, we have to make sure that we get the middle number when a quadratic equation is factorized. In order to check whether we have gotten it or not, do the cross addition (green in the picture).
Please note, and do NOT confuse that when you factorize the quadratic equation you factorize parallel numbers on opposite sides (black arrow in the picture).
Some times they are easy to spot, sometimes they take a lot more work.
It is a matter of splitting up the 'expression' so that common factors become evident. After a bit of experimentation I came up with the following:
Now group them
Factor out common values within each bracket giving
Factor out the