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Use this flowchart to help you complete all the steps of factoring an expression.

               
Is there common stuff?
YES
Factor out GCF
 
 
 


NO







 
Is any part of our expression factorable?
YES
Is there a difference of two squares?
YES
Factor, using difference of two squares pattern
 



NO


NO




YOUR DONE
NO
Can we "group" any of our terms to create factorable parts?
NO
Is the leading coefficient 1?
Keep going
 


YES


NO

YES




Rewrite the expression so groups of terms are together.
Factor, using the box method.
Factor, looking at factors of the constant term that add to the middle term
keep going
 









Factor individual parts
Is there common stuff?
Is anything else in our expression factorable?
YES
Repeat flowchart
 


YES

YES

NO

NO




Factor out common stuff
Is there any other factorable parts?
NO
YOUR DONE
 
 



YES






 
Continue factoring