Factor the trinomial below.

*Write each factor as a polynomial in descending order.*

16x^2 - 0x - 1

Where does the 0 come into play, please explain if you can.

CreatorRozen Sep 23, 2019

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*Factor the trinomial below. *

*16x^2 - 0x - 1*

The zero coefficient on the center term makes it go away, leaving us with

16x^{2} – 1 which we immediately recognize as the difference of squares.

the generality a^{2} – b^{2} always factors to (a+b)(a–b) so in our specific problem

16x^{2} – 1 factors to **(4x+1)(4x–1)** and there you have it.

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Guest Sep 23, 2019