I'm following video tutorials on factoring quadratic polynomials. So I'm given the polynomial:
$$x^2 + 3x - 10$$
And I'm given the task of finding the values of $a$ and $b$ in:
$$(x + a) (x + b)$$
Obviously the answer is: $$(x + 5)(x - 2)$$
However the answer can be also:
$$(x - 2) (x + 5)$$
I just want to make sure if the question asks for the values of '$a$' and '$b$', then '$a$' can be either $5$ or $-2$, and '$b$' can be either $5$ or $-2$.
Therefore if a question asks what are the values of '$a$' and '$b$' both the following answers are correct:
$a = -2$
$b = 5$
$a = 5$
$b = -2$
I'm sure this is a completely obvious question, but I'm just a beginner in this.