How do you factorise and know if it is a difference of two squares ?

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1. First you need to learn how to recognise the form:

Difference of two square numbers.  a2 - 36

(a2 is a square number and 36 is also a square number and you are getting the difference between them)

To factorise, you would need to be put in to a form of

(a+b) (a-b)

2. Two numbers of a and b in the bracket remains the same, but the one bracket is the sum (+) and the other is the difference (-).

For example: a2 - 36

Two numbers would be a and 6.

(a+6) (a-6)  And one would be (+) and the other would be (-)

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