In Mathematics, factorisation or factoring is defined as the breaking or decomposition of an entity (for example a number, a matrix, or a polynomial) into a product of another entity, or factors, which when multiplied together give the original number or a matrix, etc. This concept you will learn majorly in your lower secondary classes from 6 to 8.
It is simply the resolution of an integer or polynomial into factors such that when multiplied together they will result in original or initial the integer or polynomial. In the factorisation method, we reduce any algebraic or quadratic equation into its simpler form, where the equations are represented as the product of factors instead of expanding the brackets. The factors of any equation can be an integer, a variable or an algebraic expression itself.
To the factor, a number means to break it up into numbers that can be multiplied to get the original number. For example,
|24 = 4 × 6||4 and 6 are the factors of 24|
|9 = 3 × 3||3 is the factor of 9|
Also, numbers can be factorized into different combinations. There are different ways to find the Factors of a Number. To find the factors of an integer is an easy method but to find the factors of algebraic equations is not that easy. So let us learn to find the factors of quadratic equations.
Factorisation in Algebra
The numbers -12, -6, -2, -1, 1, 2, 6, and 12 are all factors of 12 because they divide 12 without a remainder. It is an important process in algebra which is used to simplify expressions, simplify fractions, and solve equations. It is also called as Algebra factorization.
Factorization Formula for a Quadratic Equation
A “quadratic” is a polynomial that is written like “ax2 + bx + c”, where “a”, “b”, and “c” are just numbers. For an easy case of factoring, you can identify the two numbers that will not only multiply to equal the constant term “c” but also add up to equal “b,” the coefficient on the x-term.
Factorising formulas algebra is especially important when solving quadratic equations When reducing formulas we normally have to remove all the brackets, but in particular cases, for example with fractional formulas, sometimes we can use factorisation to shorten a formula.
Terms and Factors
What is a Term?
It is something which is to be added or subtracted (subtracting is adding a negative number).
What is a Factor?
It is something that is to be multiplied.
Sum = term + term
Product = factor × factor
For example :
p = 4(2q – 6)
The 4 and 2q – 6 in the above formula are factors which are multiplied.
In factors 2q – 6 are 2q and –6 terms which are added.
In the term, 2q have the 2 and q as factors.
Factorisation Example Problems
Here are some maths factorisation example questions and how to factorise the quadratic equations are explained in detail.
Factorise the quadratic equation:
x2 + 7x + 6
The constant term is 6, which can be written as the product of 2 and 3 or of 1 and 6. But 2 + 3 = 5, so 2 and 3 are not the numbers I need in this case. On the other hand, 1 + 6 = 7, so you can use 1 and 6:
x2 + 7x + 6 = (x+1)(x+6)
Note that the order doesn’t matter in multiplication, so the above answer can be written as “(x + 6)(x + 1).”
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