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Factor the trinomial completely.


Select the correct choice below.

(a) y^3-11y^2+28=?

(b) The polynomial is prime.

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You have two slightly different polynomials showing.

y3 - 11y2 + 28y factors since you can pull out y to get y(y2 - 11y + 28).

Then noticing that -7 + (-4) = -11 and (-7)(-4) = 28, you get y(y - 4)(y - 7).


The other one you have is y3 - 11y2 + 28 which you can try the rational root test on.

The candidates are x = ±1, ±2, ±4, ±7, ±14, ±28. None of these turn out to be roots so it won't factor.

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