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Remember, what you get out of this is only as good as what you put in. Just looking at problems and answers is a waste of time. So get out your pencil and paper (and an eraser) and let's factor some quadratics!!
2X2 + 7X + 3 = 0
(2X + 1) (X + 3)
All of these problems will have factors of the form (JX + K) where J and K are integers and have the maximum and minimum limits as you set in the boxes. K can be zero only if its limits include zero AND you check the "Allow K = 0" check box.
For the default values, I have adopted the convention that J, the coefficient of X in the factors, has a minimum value of 1. Therefore A, the coefficient of X2, is always positive. This in no way negates the value of the practice, because if A were negative, you could simply multiply both sides of the equation by -1 and produce an equivalent problem with A positive, and with identical roots.
Thanks to Margaret Fennell for reviewing the accuracy of the page and for pointing out the need to make sure the factors shown are prime. This is done by using Euclid's algorithm to find the GCD of J and K in each factor, dividing J and K by this, and prefixing the (Jx + K) factors with the product of the common factors found for them.
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