# How do you factor #x²-2x-8#?

##### 1 Answer

May 3, 2018

#### Explanation:

To factor something, we should first make sure that it is in the form of

Then, we have to find two numbers that:

- Add up to
#b# (or in this case,#-2# ) - Multiply up to
#a * c# (or in this case,#1 * -8 = -8#

Those two numbers are

#-4 + 2 = -2# #-4 * 2 = -8#

Now we put them into factored form, which is:

Hope this helps!