# How do you solve (x + 3)(x - 1) = 0?

Jul 30, 2016

To use the zero product property, let's remove the parentheses and set each equation ($x - 3$ and $x - 1$) equal to 0. When we do this, we get:
$x + 3 = 0$
$x - 1 = 0$
From here, it's a simple one-step equation. All we have to do is subtract 3 from each side of the first equation and add 1 to each side of the second equation. This gives us our answers of $- 3$ and $1$.