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This polynomial is not prime since it has the factors.

1) Fastest and easiest way to solve this problem is to remember the formula for (a+b)2 and observe the pattern.

We know that, a2+2ab+b2 =(a+b)2

16x2 - 24xy + 9y2 = (4x)2 - 2.4x.3y + (3y)2

=(4x-3y)2

2) If you do not remember the formula, you can do the factoring the usual way

a.b = 16 x 9 = 144 = 1 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 3 x 3 = -12 x -12

a+b = -24 = (-12) + (-12)

This gives us two factors of a=-12 and b=-12

16x2 - 24xy + 9y2

= 16x2 - 12xy -12xy +9y2

= 4x (4x-3y) -3y(4x-3y)

= (4x-3y)(4x-3y)

=(4x-3y)2