### Unit 9: Factoring Polynomials

Factoring, the procedure you will learn to perform in this unit, is multiplication in reverse: instead of multiplying two polynomials, you will need to write a given polynomial as a product of two or more different expressions. Factoring is an important tool that you will use in solving quadratic, and, later, higher degree polynomial equations. Quadratic equations occur a lot in problems that involve rectangular objects and their areas: planning gardens, framing photographs, carpeting the floors, and so on.

**Completing this unit should take you approximately 23 hours.**