Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring  
 
Introduction  
There are several methods for solving quadratic equations. These methods include factoring, completing the square, and using the quadratic formula. This lesson will explain how to solve quadratic equations by the method of factoring. Here are the sections within this lesson page:
esson: Factoring Polynomials

This method requires knowledge of a property that involves the number zero. To elicit this property, consider this equation.
What mvalues and nvalues make this equation true? According to the multiplication property of zero, the equation is true when either...
We will use this property to solve quadratic equations within the examples below.
 
Here is the first quadratic equation we will solve.
Since one side of the equation is equal to zero, the first step is to factor the polynomial.
Next, we use The Multiplication Property of Zero. This means we set the factors equal to zero.
Solving each of these linear equations separately, we get…
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Here is the second quadratic equation we will solve.
Since the equation does not have a zero on one side, we cannot utilize The Multiplication Property of Zero. So, we need to get a zero by subtracting 3 from both sides and adding 2h to both sides. Doing so gives us this new equation.
Now we need to factor the polynomial.
Next, we set the factors equal to zero.
Solving these linear equations yields…
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