Out of curiosity, i'm attempting to factor the following equation x^3-3x^2+x=0
I decided upon using the Greatest Common Factor method, and factor out x, giving me the following:
x(x^2-3x+1)=0, thereby making my first factor x=0.
I recognised the equation in the bracket is of the quadratic form, so i ran it through an online quadratic calculator to get the remaining two factors.
However after running the original equation through google graphs I noticed that, barring x=0, none of the factors/roots match those given by the quadratic calculator.
Is anyone able to explain why?
NB: Please be gentle! I realise i've probably have made a really silly, elementary mistake!
Ignore the above message. I realised my mistake!! And it was embarrassingly elementary!!