# How do you factor #y=x^3 - 3x^2 + 4x -12 #?

##### 1 Answer

You can use the *grouping method* to factor

#### Explanation:

We can look at this equation in two parts, indicated by the parentheses:

There, we just *grouped* the terms! (:

Now, do you notice anything about the groups?

You'll find that we can factor out an

Hey look at that--what do you notice about our "leftover" terms? They're both

And there you have it--factored form!

As a side note, if you wanted to *solve* this equation, all you would need to do from here is set the equation equal to zero ("plug in" 0 for