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If a trinomial ax+bx + c will not factor by any other method, use trial and errorto fit it into the F O I L pattern: 1. Set up empty parentheses: .

If a,b,c are positive, then both signs are positive .

If b is negative but c is positive, then both signs arenegative .

If c is negative, then one sign is positive and the other isnegative .

2. Try the factors of a in front positions , and the factors of c in the back positions , until the resulting product is the orginaltrinomial.

Example: factor 2x- x - 10

step 1: step 2: step 3: The factors of 2 are 2 and 1; the factors of 10 are 10and 1 or 5 and 2:

(2x + 10)(x - 1) = 2x+ 8x - 10

(2x + 5)(x - 2) = 2x+x - 10

The second trial is almost correct; only the sign of themiddle term is wrong. So we change signs:

(2x - 5)(x + 2) = 2x-x - 10

The answer is (2x - 5)(x + 2) .