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Factoring (Distributive Property in Reverse) Exercises

Example 1

What's the greatest common factor of 4xy – 8y + 3y5?

Example 2

What's the greatest common factor of 5z + 25z2?

Example 3

What's the greatest common factor of abc + 5bc b2c?

Example 4

What's the greatest common factor of 20x – 16y?

Example 5

Factor 2x3 + 4x as much as possible. Check your answer by multiplication before clicking to see if you got it right. We can't force you to do that, of course, but it would mean a lot to us, and we'd be disappointed in you if you didn't. We'll use the guilt tactic here and see if that works.

Example 6

What are the factors of 9y + 6x?

Example 7

What are the factors of 10a – 20b + 30c?

Example 8

What are the factors of -4z – 12y?

Example 9

What are the factors of x2y + xy2?