Factor binomials (e.g., 4x^2 + 8x) and trinomials (e.g., 3x^2 + 9x – 15) involving one variable up to degree two, by determining a common factor using a variety of tools and strategies (e.g., patterning)

Factor simple trinomials of the form x^2 + bx + c, using a variety of tools and strategies

Factor the difference of squares of the form x^2 – a^2 (e.g., x^2 – 16)