Factoring The Difference of 2 Squares

By Grant, 8th Grader

In algebra class, factoring the difference between two squares is bound to come up sooner or late. 

The difference of two squares always has two squared terms, like a^2 – 16 or x^2 – 9. Some people call it a square minus a square.

Whenever you have this pattern, you can easily factor the problem.

Factoring the difference of two squares is a useful skill to learn in your algebraic education. Having this skill is useful when solving quadratic equations and then finding where parabolas cross the x axis. So be on the lookout for them!

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