Okay, so the key point is that we are

**rearranging**the terms inside the equation not getting rid of them. Basically this is not about solving the problem, finding out what the x, or a, or b actually is but condensing the equation down.

As he said you can always check it back.

Lets look through this example

**Factor 3***x*– 12.

The things that are similar in the equations are, well, both numbers can be divided by 3. If you look at the 12 you know that 12 divided by 3 =4, and 3/3=1.

So factor the 3 number out to the front:

- 3

*x*– 12 = 3( )

When I divided the "3" out of the "3

*x*", I was left with only the "

*x*" remaining. I'll put that "

*x*" as my first term inside the parentheses:

3

*x*– 12 = 3(

*x*)

3

*x*– 12 = 3(

*x*– 4)

**3(**

*x*– 4)

*Warning: Be careful not to drop "minus" or "plus" signs when you factor.*

*Okay try these examples*

**Factor 7**

*x*– 7.

**Factor 8**

*x***- 16**

**Factor 4**

*x - 8y*

**Factor 12**

*y*^{2}– 5*y*.**Once completed, bring your work up and let me have a look and then you can create a poster sharing your learning for the algebra display wall.**

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