
A quadratic equation is an equation which can be written in the form ax^{2} + bx + c = 0 where a, b, and c are constants (as opposed to x, which is a variable). To solve an equation such as ax^{2} + bx + c = 0 by factoring, we factor the left side into factors of the form (Dx  E). We may then conclude that x = E / D is a solution to the original equation. Here is an example:
Original Equation: 2x^{2} 5x = 3 Rewritten equation: 2x^{2} 5x  3 = 0 Equation with factored left side: (2x + 1)(x  3) = 0 Solutions to equation: x = ½ or x = 3 
A cubic equation is an equation which can be written in the form ax^{3} + bx^{2} + cx + d = 0. Cubic and higher degree equations can be quite hard to factor, but textbooks and websites like ours can be kind and gentle by presenting us with special equations that are relatively easy to factor, usually using factoring by grouping. Here is an example:
Original Equation: x^{3} + x^{2}  9x = 9 Rewritten equation: x^{3} + x^{2}  9x  9 = 0 Group the leftside terms: (x^{3} + x^{2})  (9x + 9) = 0 Factor the left side groups: x^{2}(x + 1)  9(x + 1) = 0 Factor out the common factor: (x^{2}  9)(x + 1) = 0 Factor the left factor again:(x + 3)(x  3))(x + 1) = 0 Solutions to equation: x = 3 or x = +3 or x = 1 
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