The following steps will help us to solve quadratic equations by factoring:

Step I: Clear all the fractions and brackets, if necessary.

Step II: Transpose all the terms to the left hand side to get an equation in the form ax$$^{2}$$ + bx + c = 0.

Step III: Factorize the expression on the left hand side.

Step IV: Put each factor equal to zero and solve.

1. Solve the quadratic equation 6m$$^{2}$$ – 7m + 2 = 0 by factorization method.

Solution:

⟹ 6m$$^{2}$$ – 4m – 3m + 2 = 0

⟹ 2m(3m – 2) – 1(3m – 2) = 0

⟹ (3m – 2) (2m – 1) = 0

⟹ 3m – 2 = 0 or 2m – 1 = 0

⟹ 3m = 2 or 2m = 1

⟹ m = $$\frac{2}{3}$$ or m = $$\frac{1}{2}$$

Therefore, m = $$\frac{2}{3}$$, $$\frac{1}{2}$$

2. Solve for x:

x$$^{2}$$ + (4 – 3y)x – 12y = 0

Solution:

Here, x$$^{2}$$ + 4x – 3xy – 12y = 0

⟹ x(x + 4) - 3y(x + 4) = 0

or, (x + 4) (x – 3y) = 0

⟹ x + 4 = 0 or x – 3y = 0

⟹ x = -4 or x = 3y

Therefore, x = -4 or x = 3y

3. Find the integral values of x (i.e., x ∈ Z) which satisfy 3x$$^{2}$$ - 2x - 8 = 0.

Solution:

Here the equation is 3x$$^{2}$$ – 2x – 8 = 0

⟹ 3x$$^{2}$$ – 6x + 4x – 8 = 0

⟹ 3x(x – 2) + 4(x – 2) = 0

⟹ (x – 2) (3x + 4) = 0

⟹ x – 2 = 0 or 3x + 4 = 0

⟹ x = 2 or x = -$$\frac{4}{3}$$

Therefore, x = 2, -$$\frac{4}{3}$$

But x is an integer (according to the question).

So, x ≠ -$$\frac{4}{3}$$

Therefore, x = 2 is the only integral value of x.

4. Solve: 2(x$$^{2}$$ + 1) = 5x

Solution:

Here the equation is 2x^2 + 2 = 5x

⟹ 2x$$^{2}$$ - 5x + 2 = 0

⟹ 2x$$^{2}$$ - 4x - x + 2 = 0

⟹ 2x(x - 2) - 1(x - 2) = 0

⟹ (x – 2)(2x - 1) = 0

⟹ x - 2 = 0 or 2x - 1 = 0 (by zero product rule)

⟹ x = 2 or x = $$\frac{1}{2}$$

Therefore, the solutions are x = 2, 1/2.

5. Find the solution set of the equation 3x$$^{2}$$ – 8x – 3 = 0; when

(i) x ∈ Z (integers)

(ii) x ∈ Q (rational numbers)

Solution:

Here the equation is 3x$$^{2}$$ – 8x – 3 = 0

⟹ 3x$$^{2}$$ – 9x + x – 3 = 0

⟹ 3x(x – 3) + 1(x – 3) = 0

⟹ (x – 3) (3x + 1) = 0

⟹ x = 3 or x = -$$\frac{1}{3}$$

(i) When x ∈ Z, the solution set = {3}

(ii) When x ∈ Q, the solution set = {3, -$$\frac{1}{3}$$}

6. Solve: (2x - 3)$$^{2}$$ = 25

Solution:

Here the equation is (2x – 3)$$^{2}$$ = 25

⟹ 4x$$^{2}$$ – 12x + 9 – 25 = 0

⟹ 4x$$^{2}$$ – 12x - 16 = 0

⟹ x$$^{2}$$ – 3x - 4 = 0 (dividing each term by 4)

⟹ (x – 4) (x + 1) = 0

⟹ x = 4 or x = -1

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