# How do you factor #y= x^3-2x^2+x-2# ?

##### 1 Answer

Mar 8, 2016

For polynomials like this one, you must find a number to factor out by grouping

#### Explanation:

The GCF (greatest common factor) of the first two is

You can make the two x- 2 into one.

If you distribute you'll get the same thing as at the beginning. Beware: this method only works if the two expressions are the same (x - 2 in your problem)

Example:

As you can see, we can't go further because we have

**Practice exercises:**

- Factor the following polynomials, if possible:

a )

b)

c).

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