Step by step solution : Step 1 :Simplify 2x2-5x - 3
Trying to factor by splitting the middle term 1.1 Factoring 2x2-5x-3
The first term is, 2x2 its coefficient is 2 .
The middle term is, -5x its coefficient is -5 .
The last term, "the constant", is -3
Step-1 : Multiply the coefficient of the first term by the constant 2 • -3 = -6
Step-2 : Find two factors of -6 whose sum equals the coefficient of the middle term, which is -5 .
Step-3 : Rewrite the polynomial splitting the
middle term using the two factors found in step 2 above, -6 and 1
2x2 - 6x + 1x - 3
Step-4 : Add up the first 2 terms, pulling out like factors :
2x • (x-3)
Add up the last 2 terms, pulling out common factors :
1 • (x-3)
Now add up the four terms of step 3 :
(2x+1) • (x-3)
Which is the desired factorization