# Factoring Calculator - Algebra. Help

Quick-Start Guide, when you enter an equation into the calculator, the calculator will begin by expanding (simplifying) the problem. Then it will attempt to solve the equation by using one or more of the following: addition, subtraction, division, taking the square root of each side, factoring, and completing the square.
Division, Square Root, Radicals, Fractions, the above features are not supported at this time. A future release will add this functionality.
Note: exponents must be positive integers, no negatives, decimals, or variables. Exponents may not currently be placed on numbers, brackets, or parentheses. Parentheses and Brackets, parentheses ( ) and brackets may be used to group terms as in a standard equation or expression.
This calculator can be to factor polynomials. Variables, any lowercase letter may be used as a variable. Exponents, exponents are supported on variables using the (caret) symbol. For example, to express x2, enter x2.
For instance: 2 x can also be entered as 2x. Similarly, 2 (x 5) can also be entered as 2(x 5 2x (5) can be entered as 2x(5). The is also optional when multiplying with parentheses, example: (x 1 x - 1).
Multiplication, Addition, and Subtraction, for addition and subtraction, use the standard and - symbols respectively. For multiplication, use the symbol. A symbol is not necessiary when multiplying a number by a variable.
Order of Operations. The calculator follows the standard order of operations taught by most algebra books - Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication and, division, Addition and Subtraction. The only exception is that division is not currently supported; attempts to use the / symbol will result in an error.