# How to Do Advanced Reverse Distributing

Advanced reverse distributing is one way of solving a second degree equation. The prominent feature of the equation will be when it's formatted as (x + ?)(x + ?) = 0.

Note: If solving with advanced reverse distribution doesn't work, check out How to Factor Second Degree Polynomials (Quadratic Equations).

## Steps

- 1
**Format the equation.**One side should have the x raised to the second power, the x term, and the number term. The other side should be zero. - 2
**Find the set of numbers that when***added*will equal the coefficient of the x term, and when*multiplied*will equal the number term.- Sometimes one or both of the numbers will be negatives. If the x term's coefficient is a negative while the number term is positive, both numbers you're solving for are negative. However, if the coefficient of x is positive and the number term is negative, one of the numbers will be positive, the other negative.

- 3
**Set up the expression with the (x + ?**)(x + ?) format. - 4
**Find the opposite form of each number term.**If one (or both) number is negative, switch it to a positive. If one (or both) number is negative, switch it to a positive. These two number terms will be the answers to the problem.

## Article Info

Categories: Algebra