This is an introductory worksheet for factoring to be used with students who may have difficulty with using the product-sum method.
The questions in this worksheet use both positive and negative numbers for factors, but will only use prime numbers.
This helps students get practice factoring with the simplest families of quadratics. For all questions in this worksheet, there are only at most two candidates that fit the product. For example:
Two numbers that multiply to give 14: 1 and 14, 2 and 7.
This ensures that students first practice the basics of factoring before moving on to questions with multiple product candidates. These worksheets should be offered as "extra practice" and not as a sole source of practice. Students should have their factoring skills refined and assessed through different teaching styles in order to balance the needs of all students.
Advanced students will find this worksheet very simple. Please see other worksheets for more difficult sets of questions. These worksheets are coming soon. Questions include:
-Moderate difficulty: Questions where a=1, factors with up to 6 candidates.
-Advanced difficulty: Questions where a!=1, factors with up to 8 candidates.
-Review: Variety of questions of all difficulties including difference of squares.
* If you have a specific request for a worksheet, please let me know! I can increase the number of questions, the maximum allowed product (all under 100 for this document) and the types of questions.