## Steps to Factoring

- Factor out the GCF (greatest common factor)

- If there are 2 terms, try
- Difference of two squares
- Sum of two squares (prime)
- Difference of two cubes
- Sum of two cubes

If there are 3 terms, try
- Perfect square trinomial
- Trial and error or ac method
- Patch-up

If there are 4 or more terms, try

- Check for further factorability.

There is a high probability you will be asked to reproduce parts of this chart on the Intermediate Algebra chapter 3 & 4 exam.