O HAI THAR!
If you didn't read my facebook, I passed my first Calculus test (Limits) with 100%, so I'm off to an Excellent® start. ^_^ Now, I've started Derivatives, but I've also noticed that my ability to factor is hindering my ability to solve problems effectively. v_v
I'll admit it; I'm bad at factoring. Quite frankly, I usually shortcut factoring as much as possible. But, there are times when this becomes an absolute pain in the ass, and doing it the long way would serve me better. However, it's been too long since I've done that, and therefore can no longer do it. I do remember, however, that an equation with ALL ODD NUMBERS cannot be factored.
Which brings me to this:
5x^2 - 9x + 6 <---------------- Can this be factored?
The closest I got was (5x-6)(x-1), but that gives me 5x^2 - 11x + 6. What can I do to find out if I can factor an equation?