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Factoring Trinomials Part 1

Published on 10/10/2012

Activity Overview

Use tiles to factor trinomials such as x2 + 5x + 6.

Objectives

  • Factor trinomials of the form x2 + bx + c, where b and c are positive integers
  • Relate factoring a quadratic trinomial to an area model
  • Generalize the process for factoring trinomials of the form x2 + bx + c, where b and c are positive integers

Vocabulary

  • trinomials
  • factor

About the Lesson

This lesson involves factoring trinomials using a dynamic area model. As such, it is implicit that x represents a positive quantity. As a result, students will factor trinomials of the form x2 + bx + c, where b and c are positive integers, recognizing that in general the factors of c that sum to b are those needed to correctly factor the trinomial.