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Name: Factoring Polynomials: Proficiency Exam
ID: m21908
Language: English (en)
Summary: This module is from Elementary Algebra by Denny Burzynski and Wade Ellis, Jr. Factoring is an essential skill for success in algebra and higher level mathematics courses. Therefore, we have taken great care in developing the student's understanding of the factorization process. The technique is consistently illustrated by displaying an empty set of parentheses and describing the thought process used to discover the terms that are to be placed inside the parentheses. The factoring scheme for special products is presented with both verbal and symbolic descriptions, since not all students can interpret symbolic descriptions alone. Two techniques, the standard "trial and error" method, and the "collect and discard" method (a method similar to the "ac" method), are presented for factoring trinomials with leading coefficients different from 1. This module contains a proficiency exam for the chapter "Factoring Polynomials".
Subject: Mathematics and Statistics
Keywords: algebra, elementary
License: Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY 3.0

Authors: Wade Ellis (, Denny Burzynski (
Copyright Holders: Wade Ellis (, Denny Burzynski (
Maintainers: Wade Ellis (, Denny Burzynski (, LearningMate LearningMate (, Matt Gardner (

Latest version: 1.4 (history)
First publication date: Mar 5, 2009 8:49 am -0600
Last revision to module: May 31, 2009 6:53 pm -0500


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Version: 1.4 May 31, 2009 6:53 pm -0500 by Connexions
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Version: 1.3 May 27, 2009 2:00 am -0500 by LearningMate LearningMate
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Version: 1.2 Apr 28, 2009 3:31 am -0500 by LearningMate LearningMate
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Version: 1.1 Apr 16, 2009 6:41 am -0500 by LearningMate LearningMate
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