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    Factor: -2x^3 - 16x^2 + 40x

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    The first question to ask yourself in any factoring problem is: Is there anything that I can take out of all of the terms? ("terms" are the things separated by the +s and -s)

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    Each of these terms has a factor of -2 and also an to the first power in it. So the first thing to do is to factor out of all of the terms. What this means is to write , then make a parenthesis just to the right of it, then inside the ...

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    A polynomial is factored. The solution is detailed and well presented.