# How do you factor #x^2 + x - 42#?

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#### Answer:

#### Explanation:

Factoring quadratic equations is usually a trial and error thing (at least for me). Here's how I answered it in my head.

First, I thought of the factors of

Next, I thought: What two factors of -42 are equal to

The two numbers that I thought of were -6 and 7, since

Therefore, my factors are

You can try double-checking this by multiplying

If you don't like "guessing" the factors, you can also use the quadratic formula for that. Though I suggest you don't since it is time consuming.

#### Answer:

#### Explanation:

Cross factorise it! It's a little hard to explain so you should watch a video which would help you understand even better.

**To check:**

Expand the brackets! You will get the same answer.