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Homework Help: Who came up wih Factoring?

  1. Oct 20, 2006 #1
    Anybody know who first discovered the factoring?
    When and where too....
    Such an useful technique I would like to know :)
     
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  3. Oct 20, 2006 #2

    quasar987

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    Actually factoring was discovered in 1942 following a France-Japan-GB colaboration to crack the secret of multiplication.

    Probably it was the first society to worked with the concept of multiplication.
     
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  4. Oct 22, 2006 #3

    arildno

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    Factoring was discovered the moment a guy understood that if a*(b+c)=a*b+a*c, then we could equally write a*(b+c) whenever the other guys would write a*b+a*c.

    Who that was, I have no idea..
     
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  5. Oct 22, 2006 #4

    Office_Shredder

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    I think he means like x2 - 2x + 1 = (x-1)(x-1)

    Which isn't directly obvious from a*(b+c) = ab + ac
     
  6. Oct 22, 2006 #5

    radou

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    Not directly, but very close to directly. :smile:
     
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