Factoring is one of the more important skills to learn in a beginning algebra course. The idea is to work the distributive property in reverse. The goal is to write polynomials as products of simpler polynomials.
Identify the GCF.
Factor the GCF out of the expression.
Now we will use the idea of factoring out the GCF in a technique called factoring by grouping of four-term polynomials. The steps are as follows.