### 1. Make sure all terms are on the same side, and the other side equals zero
2. Pull (factor) out any like (common) terms (using distributive property)
3. In quadratic form, is there an a and a negative c value, but no b? If so, are a and c squares? If so, apply the difference of squares.
4. Otherwise, factor the equation using the X method
5. Once every term is multiplied by every other term, set each term equal to zero (anything inside of parenthesis counts as a term, so 2x(x + 4)(x-7) fits this bill). In this example, solve 2x = 0, x + 4 = 0, x - 7 = 0. Solutions are x = 0, -4, 7