Big Dave's: Learning Factoring

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Identify the proper factoring technique to use
Factor using the GCF (Greatest Common Factor) technique
Factor using the Grouping Technique
Factor using the PSD Technique
Factor using the Key Number Technique
Factor using the Difference of Two Squares Technique
Factor using the Difference of Two Cubes Technique
Factor using the Sum of Two Cubes Technique


  • No mathematic knowledge is needed, you will learn all the techniques in this course


Many students struggle in College Algebra throughout the country.  Often times it is a lack of basic skills.  Factoring is one of the most important techniques that you have to understand to help succeed in College Algebra.  I used to make the claim that if you could not factor then you would not get through College Algebra.  This is a little bit too strong but it is an essential skill.  I counted one time and it was used in fourteen other sections in the course.  This course is meant to give you that foundational skill that will help you succeed in College Algebra!

The factoring techniques that will be covered are the Greatest Common Factor (GCF) Technique, Grouping Technique, PSD Technique, Key Number Technique, Difference of Two Squares Technique, Difference of Two Cubes Technique, and Sum of Two Cubes Technique.

I firmly believe that anybody can get through College Algebra.  I had a student one time that had surgeries to remove brain tumors when he was young. In the process, it destroyed his short-term memory.  He asked if I would work with him outside of classes.  I met with him at 7:00 AM every morning and he got tutoring help for three hours a day.  He finished not only College Algebra but Elementary Statistics also.  If he could be successful in College Algebra then anybody can succeed!

Who this course is for:

  • Students preparing to take an algebra course.


David Hays
  • 4.6 Instructor Rating
  • 27 Reviews
  • 2,722 Students
  • 12 Courses

I have taught a variety of math and statistics courses ranging from Pre-Algebra to Calculus 3 since 1995.  I have taught mathematics and statistics online since 2000.  I have developed a step-by-step approach to solving most mathematical topics.

I am married with three children.  I have two Australian Shepherds named Mia and Josie who mean the world to me.

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