How do you find the greatest common factor of # 18x^2+16x-12x^3#?
The greatest common factor is the largest factor that evenly divides all terms in the polynomial.
There are two pieces to it in this case. First, there is a constant term. Second, there is an
Let's look at the constants:
The largest number that divides each of these evenly is
Let's look at the
The largest power of
Hence, the GCF is
You would factor as