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Factorise algebraic expressions in this structured online self marking exercise.

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This is level 1: factorising an expression with a constant factor. You can earn a trophy if you get at least 9 questions correct and you do this activity online.

Order the terms in your answers in the same order as they appear in the question.

\(4a + 14\)

Correct Wrong

\(33b + 9\)

Correct Wrong

\(55c + 15\)

Correct Wrong

\(15d + 18\)

Correct Wrong

\(9e - 12\)

Correct Wrong

\(15 + 21f\)

Correct Wrong

\(14g - 22\)

Correct Wrong

\(44h + 20\)

Correct Wrong

\(6 - 4i\)

Correct Wrong

\(21 + 24j + 93p\)

Correct Wrong

\(10 - 25k - 185q\)

Correct Wrong

\(33 + 36y + 69r\)

Correct Wrong


This is Factorising level 1. You can also try:
HCF Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5 Level 6 Level 7 Level 8 Level 9 More Quadratics Expanding Brackets More Algebra


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Description of Levels



Level 1 - Factorising an expression with a constant factor.

Example: 40h + 88

Level 2 - Factorising an expression with a variable factor.

Example: 23h + 3h²

Level 3 - Factorising an expression with both a constant and variable factor.

Example: 10a + 2ab

Level 4 - Completely factorising an expression of two parts that can be separately factorised.

Example: 3a + ab + 5w + 4wy

Level 5 - Writing an expression as the product of two binomials.

Example: 5a + 5b + ac + bc

Level 6 - Factorising an expression which is the difference between two squares.

Example: c² - 81

Level 7 - Factorising a quadratic where the squared term coefficient is 1.

Example: c² - 13c + 36

Level 8 - Factorising a quadratic where the squared term coefficient is not 1.

Example: 4a² + 5a - 6

Level 9 - Mixed factorisation questions

Example: b² + 6b + 9

Projectable large format factorising quadratics exercise suitable for whole class use.

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This program checks your answers by matching the text you have typed in with the options it has as the correct answer. For that reason it does not always recognise equivalent correct answers. For example the factorisation of 6a+21 can be written as 3(2a+7) or 3(7+2a) but the program may only recognise the first option as the correct answer. Please type in your answers so that the terms are in alphabetical order of the variables followed by the constants unless a negative cooeficient of the viariable makes the opposite a more elegant solution.

Level 1 example: \(40h + 88\)

Identify a common factor of 8 to give \(8(5h+11)\)

Level 2 example: \(23h + 3h²\)

Identify a common factor of h to give \(h(23+3h)\)

Level 3 example: \(10a + 2ab\)

Identify a common factor of 2a to give \(2a(5+b)\)

Level 4 example: \(3a + ab + 5w + 4wy\)

Identify common factors of pairs of terms to give \(a(3+b)+w(5+4y)\)

Level 5 example: \(5a + 5b + ac + bc\)

Extract common factors of pairs of terms to give \(5(a+b) + c(a+b)\)
Then extract a common factor of (a+b) to give \((a+b)(5+c)\)

Level 6 example: \(c² - 81\)

This can be written as \( (c+9)(c-9) \). Expand the brackets to see why

Level 7 example: \(c² - 13c + 36\)

Start by finding two numbers with a product of 36 and sum of -13
These numbers are -4 and -9
So the factorisation is \( (c-4)(c-9) \)

Level 8 example: \(4a² + 5a - 6\)

Multiply the coefficient of a² by the constant term: \( 4 \times -6 = -24 \)
Now find two numbers with a product of -24 and sum of 5 (the coefficient of a)
These numbers are -3 and 8
Write the original expression with the middle term split into these two numbers: \( 4a^2-3a+8a-6\)
Extract common factors of pairs of terms to give \( a(4a-3) + 2(4a-3)\)
Then extract a common factor of (4a-3) to give \((a+2)(4a-3)\)

Level 9 example: \(b² + 6b + 9\)

Use the techniques used in the previous levels

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