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You will receive two versions – factoring expressions and solving quadratics by factoring. The reason – factoring leads to solving but solving and factoring may be taught or emphasized at different parts of Algebra courses. The solving version has the exact same equations with the exact same answers with a twist: students have to make sure the equations are equal to zero before they start. The reason is that normally when a student factors for the first time, they don’t always know they will end up solving. When students are in a quadratics unit, the world isn’t quite as nice and the equations are a bit messier. The benefit for you, the teacher, is that if a student could factor these and then later, they have no idea how to solve them, it provides you with important information.
The questions include the following formats:
• Simply trinomials with a equal to 1
• Perfect square trinomials
• Difference of squares
• Trinomials with a not equal to 1.
• Factor out a GCF before factoring.
These questions represent all types of quadratics and some are challenging. See my other products for versions with a=1 and a is prime.
There are more products in the Factoring Fluency Product line including specific checks for Factoring the following:
Common Core Standards:
• A.SSE.A.1a: Interpret parts of an expression.
• A.SSE.A.2: Use the structure of an expression to identify ways to rewrite it.
• A.SSE.B.3 Choose and produce an equivalent form of an expression to reveal and explain properties of the quantity represented by the expression.
• IF.C.8a: Use the process of factoring in a quadratic function to show zeros.
Answer Keys included.
Suggestions for usage based on the nature of your class.