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How do we factor a polynomial by its GCF?

How do we factor a polynomial by its GCF?
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GCF
Greatest Common Factor
Step One:
Find the greatest common factor of the coefficients.
Step Two:
Find the GCF of each variable by take the one with the smallest exponent. Note: All the terms in the polynomial must have a variable in order to be apart of the GCF.
Step Three:
Put all the GCF's together using multiplication in front of a set of parenthesis.
Step Four:
Divide the original polynomial by the GCF to get what should be inside the parenthesis.
Step Five:
Multiply to check. You should get the original back.