Now, we're going to learn how to factor guys with a number in front of the x^2...

5x^2 - 8x + 3

I'm not going to lie to you -- these can be pretty tricky. Some students don't like these because there is no way to just memorize how to do them. Each problem is different and you just have to figure it out!

There IS a basic strategy for successfully conquering these... It's not great, but, it's really all we have.

Let's just dive in. I'm going to start with prime numbers at first to ease you in.

Let's factor this guy:

5x^2 - 8x + 3

Remember that we are undoing FOIL

(      ) (       ) ... the first guys will have to give us 5x^2