**Chapter 7: Factorization Exercise – 7.1**

**Question: 1**

Find the greatest common factor of the polynomials

2x^{2} and 12x^{2}

**Solution:**

The numerical coefficients of the given monomials are 2 and 12.

So, the greatest common factor of 2 and 12 is 2.

The common literal appearing in the given monomials is x.

The smallest power of x in the two monomials is 2.

The monomial of the common literals with the smallest powers is x^{2}.

Hence, the greatest common factor is 2x^{2}.

**Question: 2**

Find the greatest common factor of the polynomials

6x^{3}y and 18x^{2}y^{3}

**Solution:**

The numerical coefficients of the given monomials are 6 and 18.

The greatest common factor of 6 and 18 is 6.

The common literals appearing in the two monomials are x and y.

The smallest power of x in the two monomials is 2.

The smallest power of y in the two monomials is 1.

The monomial of the common literals with the smallest powers is x^{2}y.

Hence, the greatest common factor is 6x^{2}y.

**Question: 3**

Find the greatest common factor of the polynomials

7x, 21x^{2} and 14xy^{2}

**Solution:**

The numerical coefficients of the given monomials are 7, 21 and 14.

The greatest common factor of 7, 21 and 14 is 7.

The common literal appearing in the three monomials is x.

The smallest power of x in the three monomials is 1.

The monomial of the common literals with the smallest powers is x.

Hence, the greatest common factor is 7x.

**Question: 4**

Find the greatest common factor of the polynomials

42x^{2}yz and 63x^{3}y^{2}z^{3}

**Solution:**

The numerical coefficients of the given monomials are 42 and 63.

The greatest common factor of 42 and 63 is 21.

The common literals appearing in the two monomials are x, y and z.

The smallest power of x in the two monomials is 2.

The smallest power of y in the two monomials is 1.

The smallest power of z in the two monomials is 1.

The monomial of the common literals with the smallest powers is x^{2}yz.

Hence, the greatest common factor is 21x^{2}yz.

**Question: 5**

Find the greatest common factor of the polynomials

12ax^{2}, 6a^{2}x^{3} and 2a^{3}x^{5}

**Solution:**

The numerical coefficients of the given monomials are 12, 6 and 2.

The greatest common factor of 12, 6 and 2 is 2.

The common literals appearing in the three monomials are a and x.

The smallest power of a in the three monomials is 1.

The smallest power of x in the three monomials is 2.

The monomial of common literals with the smallest powers is ax^{2}.

Hence, the greatest common factor is 2ax^{2}.

**Question: 6**

Find the greatest common factor of the polynomials

9x^{2}, 15x^{2}y^{3}, 6xy^{2} and 21x^{2}y^{2}

**Solution:**

The numerical coefficients of the given monomials are 9, 15, 6 and 21.

The greatest common factor of 9, 15, 6 and 21 is 3.

The common literal appearing in the three monomials is x.

The smallest power of x in the four monomials is 1.

The monomial of common literals with the smallest powers is x.

Hence, the greatest common factor is 3x.

**Question: 7**

Find the greatest common factor of the polynomials

4a^{2}b^{3}, -12a^{3}b, 18a^{4}b^{3}

**Solution:**

The numerical coefficients of the given monomials are 4, -12 and 18.

The greatest common factor of 4. -12 and 18 is 2.

The common literals appearing in the three monomials are a and b.

The smallest power of a in the three monomials is 2.

The smallest power of b in the three monomials is 1.

The monomial of the common literals with the smallest powers is a^{2}b.

Hence. the greatest common factor is 2a^{2}b.

**Question: 8**

Find the greatest common factor of the polynomials

6x^{2}y^{2}, 9xy^{3}, 3x^{3}y^{2}

**Solution:**

The numerical coefficients of the given monomials are 6, 9 and 3.

The greatest common factor of 6, 9 and 3 is 3.

The common literals appearing in the three monomials are x and y.

The smallest power of x in the three monomials is 1.

The smallest power of y in the three monomials is 2.

The monomial of common literals with the smallest powers is xy^{2}.

Hence, the greatest common factor is 3xy^{2}.

**Question: 9**

Find the greatest common factor of the polynomials

a^{2}b^{3}, a^{3}b^{2}

**Solution:**

The numerical literals in the three monomials are a and b.

The smallest power of x in the three monomials is 2.

The smallest power of y in the three monomials is 2.

The monomial of common literals with the smallest powers is a^{2}b^{2}.

Hence, the greatest common factor is a^{2}b^{2}.

**Question: 10**

Find the greatest common factor of the polynomials

36a^{2}b^{2}c^{4}, 54a^{5}c^{2}, 90a^{4}b^{2}c^{2}

**Solution:**

The numerical coeff. of the given monomials are 36, 54, and 90.

The greatest common factors of 36, 54, and 90 is 18.

The common literals appearing in the three monomials are a and c.

The smallest power of a in the three monomials is 2.

The smallest power of c in the three monomials is 2.

The monomial of common literals with the smallest powers is a^{2}c^{2}.

Hence, the greatest common factor is 18a^{2}c^{2. }

**Question: 11**

Find the greatest common factor of the polynomials

x^{3}, – yx^{2}

**Solution:**

The common literal appearing in the two monomials is X.

The smallest power of X in both the monomials is 2.

Hence, the greatest common factor is x^{2}.

**Question: 12**

Find the greatest common factor of the polynomials

15a^{3}, - 45a^{2}, -150a

**Solution:**

The numerical coeff. of the given monomials are -15, -45 and -150.

The greatest common factor of 15, -45 and -150 is 15.

The common literal appearing in the three monomials is a.

The smallest power of a in the three monomials is 1.

Hence, the greatest common factor is 15a.

**Question: 13**

Find the greatest common factor of the polynomials

2x^{3}y^{2}, 10x^{2}y^{3}, 14xy

**Solution:**

The numerical coeff. of the given monomials are 2, 10 and 14.

The greatest common factor of 2, 10 and 14 is 2.

The common literals appearing in the three monomials are x and y.

The smallest power of X in the three monomials is 1.

The smallest power of y in the three monomials is 1.

The monomials of common literals with the smallest power is xy.

Hence, the greatest common factor is 2xy.

**Question: 14**

Find the greatest common factor of the polynomials

14x^{3}y^{5}, 10x^{5}y^{3}, 2x^{2}y^{2}

**Solution:**

The numerical coeff. of the given monomials are 14, 10 and 2.

The greatest common factor of 14, 10 and 2 is 2.

The common literals appearing in the three monomials are x and y.

The smallest power of X in the three monomials is 2.

The smallest power of Y in the three monomials is 2.

The monomials of common literals with the smallest powers is x^{2}y^{2}.

Hence, the greatest common factor is 2x^{2}y^{2}.

**Question: 15**

Find the greatest common factor of the terms in the following expressions:

5a^{4} + 10a^{3 }– 15a^{2}

**Solution:**

The numerical coeff. of the given monomials are 5a^{4}, 10a^{3}, and 15a^{2}.

The greatest common factor of 5a^{4}, 10a^{3}, and 15a^{2} is 5.

The common literal appearing in the three monomials is a.

The smallest power of a in the three monomials is 2.

The monomials of common literals with the smallest powers is a^{2}.

Hence, the greatest common factor is 5a^{2}.

**Question: 16**

Find the greatest common factor of the terms in the following expressions:

2xyz + 3x^{2}y + 4y^{2}

**Solution:**

The numerical coeff. of the given monomials are 2xyz, 3x^{2}y and 4y^{2}.

The greatest factor of 2xyz, 3x^{2}y and 4y^{2 }is 1.

The common literal appearing in the three monomials is y.

The smallest power of y in the three monomials is 1.

The monomials of common literals with the smallest power is y.

Hence, the greatest common factor is y.

**Question: 17**

Find the greatest common factor of the terms in the following expressions:

3a^{2}b^{2} + 4b^{2}c^{2} + 12a^{2}b^{2}c^{2.}

**Solution:**

The numerical coeff. of the given monomials are 3a^{2}b^{2}, 4b^{2}c^{2} and 12a^{2}b^{2}c^{2}.

The greatest common factor of 3a^{2}b^{2}, 4b^{2}c^{2} and 12a^{2}b^{2}c^{2} is 1.

The common literal appearing in the three monomials is b.

The smallest power of b in the three monomials is 2.

The monomials of common literals with the smallest powers is b^{2}.

Hence, the greatest common factor is b^{2}.