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 x2 - 7x - 8 =0 

To solve for this you want two factors of 8 that when added together is -7 and when multiplied is -8. 

Given the multiple choice we know the correct factors are 1  and 8. We also know that one of the terms must be negative, that way you'll have to numbers that multiply to -8.

So it's either -1 and 8 or 1 and -8.  Since 1 + -8 = -7, We know that the correct choice is 1, -8 or B. 


Thank you Krystal so much. I realize I skipped a step now. I am cramming for a final in two weeks and was pretty confused on this one.