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## Factor the expression $x^3-3x^2-4x+12$

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$\left(x+2\right)\left(x-3\right)\left(x-2\right)$

## Step-by-step Solution

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$factor\left(x^3-3x^2-4x+12\right)$

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We can factor the polynomial $x^3-3x^2-4x+12$ using the rational root theorem, which guarantees that for a polynomial of the form $a_nx^n+a_{n-1}x^{n-1}+\dots+a_0$ there is a rational root of the form $\pm\frac{p}{q}$, where $p$ belongs to the divisors of the constant term $a_0$, and $q$ belongs to the divisors of the leading coefficient $a_n$. List all divisors $p$ of the constant term $a_0$, which equals $12$

$1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 12$

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$1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 12$

Learn how to solve factorization problems step by step online. Factor the expression x^3-3x^2-4x+12. We can factor the polynomial x^3-3x^2-4x+12 using the rational root theorem, which guarantees that for a polynomial of the form a_nx^n+a_{n-1}x^{n-1}+\dots+a_0 there is a rational root of the form \pm\frac{p}{q}, where p belongs to the divisors of the constant term a_0, and q belongs to the divisors of the leading coefficient a_n. List all divisors p of the constant term a_0, which equals 12. Next, list all divisors of the leading coefficient a_n, which equals 1. The possible roots \pm\frac{p}{q} of the polynomial x^3-3x^2-4x+12 will then be. Trying all possible roots, we found that 3 is a root of the polynomial. When we evaluate it in the polynomial, it gives us 0 as a result.

$\left(x+2\right)\left(x-3\right)\left(x-2\right)$
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$factor\left(x^3-3x^2-4x+12\right)$