1. Make time in your schedule to learn; you
cannot take shortcuts.
2. Read each section in your textbook and answer the questions in the
guide before you go to class.
To read a section, first read the objectives, headings, and any boxed
information. This will give you a preview of what to expect. Then, read
section carefully, trying the examples and filling in missing steps. If
don’t understand something, write your question in the margin next to
words or problem you don’t understand.
3. Take notes in class, trying to understand as the teacher presents
examples and explains concepts.
4. Do your homework (It should be easier after the previous two steps).
Make sure to understand what you are doing and be able to solve each
problem completely and correctly by yourself.
5. Carry on a conversation with yourself as you work, asking as you
each problem, “What is this? What is my goal? What should my answer look
like when I am done?” Then, as you work a problem ask, “What property
allows me to take this step?” And at the end, “ Does my answer make
How can I check it?”
6. Maintain a great attitude about learning Algebra; people who have a
attitude find it easier to learn, and those who learn algebra well
7. Go to the lab or your instructor’s office and get help when you need
Section 6.1 Factoring Polynomials with Common Factors
Read section 6.1, pages 322 – 326 and answer the following questions as you
Check your answer using the distributive property.
7. Factor in two ways:
a. Factor out a common monomial factor of 3
b. Factor out a common monomial factor of –3
8. Give an example of a binomial whose greatest common factor is 5x.
Then, factor it.
9. Underline the common binomial factors in the following polynomials,
and then factor the binomials out. Some polynomials may not have a
common binomial factor, in which case you will not be able to factor it.
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