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    Does anybody know a method I can use for factorising a quadratic with a co efficient of greater than 1, if it is 2 i can mostly always guess it through trial and error in my head however if it is high I don't know how to work it out.
    For example for 12x^2 -7x - 12 = 0 i wouldn't know how to factorise it.

    Can anybody recommend a method for me to learn in doing this for my C1 exam
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    (Original post by Sayless)
    Does anybody know a method I can use for factorising a quadratic with a co efficient of greater than 1, if it is 2 i can mostly always guess it through trial and error in my head however if it is high I don't know how to work it out.
    For example for 12x^2 -7x - 12 = 0 i wouldn't know how to factorise it.

    Can anybody recommend a method for me to learn in doing this for my C1 exam
    I do the a multiplied by c method.
    An example is:

    5x^2 + 11x + 6 = 0
    5 x 6 = 30, find two numbers which times together to get 30 and add together to get 11, in this case 5 and 6.
    Replace 11x with 5x and 6x
    5x^2 + 5x + 6x + 6 = 0
    Factorise the first half of the equation and the second.
    5x(x+1) +6(x+1) = 0
    You should get two brackets which are the same. Then you write:
    (5x+6)(x+1)=0, put each answer equal to 0 and solve for your x values.
    X= -6/5 and x=-1

    Hope this helped

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    (Original post by Ben4)
    I do the a multiplied by c method.
    An example is:

    5x^2 + 11x + 6 = 0
    5 x 6 = 30, find two numbers which times together to get 30 and add together to get 11, in this case 5 and 6.
    Replace 11x with 5x and 6x
    5x^2 + 5x + 6x + 6 = 0
    Factorise the first half of the equation and the second.
    5x(x+1) +6(x+1) = 0
    You should get two brackets which are the same. Then you write:
    (5x+6)(x+1)=0, put each answer equal to 0 and solve for your x values.
    X= -6/5 and x=-1

    Hope this helped

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    yeah thats great thanks a lot i'll learn that
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    Hi, I've put this together quickly for you. It shows you how to solve a quadratic using a method which I've been using since GCSE.

    Hope this helps!

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