# CAHSEE Math 5.5 Algebra I

CAHSEE Math Algebra I: Drill 5, Problem 5. Which of the following is the solution set of this equation?

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so we know it can be solved by factoring.

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That is, the answer is going to be of the format “x plus or minus something”…

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with parentheses around it… times the same thing, also plus or minus.

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So start with the x’s here and here with the parentheses around ‘em.

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Now we need a 2 and a 5 on either end – we could have figured that out because we need

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them to multiply out to be 10 and the only factors of 10 are 1 and 10 and 2 and 5…

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…and since the middle term has a 3 in it, it can’t be 1 minus 10 or 10 minus 1.

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So it’s either 2 or 5.

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And we also know that one term has to be positive and one has to be negative because we need

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a NEGATIVE 10 on the end there.

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We need a POSITVE 3… so the 5 has to be positive and the 2 negative.

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Now we’ve got the quantity x minus 2 times the quantity x plus 5.

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