Rewrite as .

Let . Substitute for all occurrences of .

Consider the form . Find a pair of integers whose product is and whose sum is . In this case, whose product is and whose sum is .

Write the factored form using these integers.

Replace all occurrences of with .

Rewrite as .

Since both terms are perfect squares, factor using the difference of squares formula, where and .

If any individual factor on the left side of the equation is equal to , the entire expression will be equal to .

Set the first factor equal to .

Subtract from both sides of the equation.

Set the next factor equal to .

Add to both sides of the equation.

Set the next factor equal to .

Subtract from both sides of the equation.

Take the square root of both sides of the equation to eliminate the exponent on the left side.

The complete solution is the result of both the positive and negative portions of the solution.

Simplify the right side of the equation.

Rewrite as .

Rewrite as .

Rewrite as .

The complete solution is the result of both the positive and negative portions of the solution.

First, use the positive value of the to find the first solution.

Next, use the negative value of the to find the second solution.

The complete solution is the result of both the positive and negative portions of the solution.

The final solution is all the values that make true.

Solve by Factoring x^4-x^2-12=0