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In problems 7-54 and 7-55, could also be written as by using the Distributive Property. The expression is a product, while is a sum. For each expression below, write an equivalent expression that is a product instead of a sum. This process of writing an expression in the form of factors (multiplication) is called factoring.  

  1. Find the common factor of the terms.
    and both share the factor of .

    Divide both terms by .

  1. 16x is a factor of both and .
    Use this to help you write it as a product.

  1. Try factoring out from and .

  1. Follow the steps outlined in part (a).