Factoring Trinomials: Positive Negative Signs

Students will continue learning to factor trinomials into two binomials.



• Students will review factoring trinomials when the signs are both positive.

• Students will learn how to factor trinomials when the signs are both negative.

• Students will learn how to factor trinomials when the signs are both positive and negative.

• Students will practice factoring trinomials.


Suggested Grades:

Seventh Grade - Eighth Grade - Ninth Grade - Tenth Grade - including special education students

Lesson Procedure:

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Lesson Excerpt:

Factoring Trinomials with different signs

- "The trinomials that we have been factoring have had all positive signs in them, so when we factored them we could just add in the positive signs. Now we are going to start factoring trinomials that have different signs. Here is an example."

- On Board: x2 - 4x + 4
- "Now in working with this trinomial, we are going to start out the same way. We can easily factor the x2 into two binomials, so that is where we are going to start."
- On Board: (x )(x )
- "The next step remains the same too, but it is going to take a little more thinking to figure out the factors that work. We are looking for two factors that add together to equal the second term, but multiply together to equal the third term."



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