When using a calculator, you must use the "hat" sign in (^). So, it will look like this: 2y^3+6^2
This will help you with that way.
Factoring: Can be tricky. When factoring, you must think of the whole numbers separate from the exponents.
With the whole numbers you are going to look for a common multiple. (A number that can go into all whole numbers in an equation). In this case 2 and 6. We find that 2 is a common multiple. We are going to divide each number by the common multiple and write
it as if it would need to be multiplied back in.
Now, we can look at the exponents.
With exponents, we will find the lowest exponent, put it on the outside of the parentheses and subtract it from all exponents, leaving the remainder inside the parentheses.
In this case y^3+y^2
Example: y^2(y^1+0), note the zero in this case is to just hold the place, usually you would place a one there in order to multiply it back out.
Now let's put the whole numbers and exponents together.
y^2(y+0), note y with no exponent is understood to be to the first power.
2y^2(y+3), note y standing alone is understood to be 1y
When multiplied back together, you have: 2y^2 * y + 2y^2 * 3 = 2y^3+6y^2
Whole number multiply together, exponents add together.
When factoring you do the opposite, divide and subtract.