# Thread: Math people. How to factor these two terms?

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## Math people. How to factor these two terms?

I need to factor these two terms into two separate things that can multiple into each other to form the original term. It's part of a much longer more complex problem, but I got stuck on these two:

a) (3x^2 - 6x)

b) (3x^2 - 12)

Basically, I need them in two terms (or however many they normally factor into) so that I can find the critical points of a graph. These terms are the derivatives of a previous equation.

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A) (3x) and (x-2) (You can pull a 3 and an x from the terms)
B) (3) and (x+2) and (x-2) (pull a 3 out, and then it's just difference of squares)

Next time do your own homework!!

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Google will do your middle school homework for you. Just look up ____ online calculator, or buy a real calculator.

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