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# When I factor x^3-8x^2 as (x^2-5x)(x-3) am I wrong?

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- MagicIdiotLv 41 decade agoFavorite Answer
You are wrong.

What is the greatest common factor in the 2 terms?

The greatest common factor is x^2. So factor x^2 out from both terms.

(x^2) (x - 8)

- JosephLv 61 decade ago
x^3 - 8x^2 can factor out to

(x^2) * (x - 8)

(x^2 - 5x)(x-3) would equal x^3 - 8x^2 -+ 15x

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