PSAT #2, Section 3, #16
OK, so you’re told that is a factor of . You need to find . To do so, you’ll need to set up a classic FOIL scenario. I’m going to use and for the unknowns in the second factor.
Now remember what happens when you FOIL. The and the will combine to make the , and the will combine with the second to make . Therefore, it must be true that and . We can use that information to solve for .