**Re: Factoring when either square is a square of a polynomial**
icetherogue said:

Well....your typing of this problem is ambiguous, to say the least!!

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**wonder** if you mean this:

a<SUP>2</SUP> - (b + c)<SUP>2</SUP>

If that's the case, use the pattern for factoring a difference of two squares:

x<SUP>2</SUP> - y<SUP>2</SUP> = (x + y)(x - y)

If I've misinterpreted your problem, please repost with clarification.