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 January 4th, 2010, 02:17 PM #1 Newbie   Joined: Jan 2010 Posts: 1 Thanks: 0 (4x-2)/2 * 3x/4 = ?? (Fractions) (4x-2)/2 * 3x/4 = ? Could someone give detailed instructions on how to get the answer?? I've tried so many sites, and everyone keeps being mean. (Man, I sound pitiful.) But seriously, I need some help.
 January 4th, 2010, 02:44 PM #2 Global Moderator     Joined: Nov 2009 From: Northwest Arkansas Posts: 2,766 Thanks: 4 Re: (4x-2)/2 * 3x/4 = ?? (Fractions) Multiply the numerators together -> (4x - 2) * 3x. This requires the distributive property -> (4x)(3x) + (-2)(3x) = 12x^2 -6x = your numerator. Multiply the denominators together -> 2*4 = 8. That's your denominator. So you have (12x^2 - 6x) ÷ 8 You can simplify this in 2 different (but equally popular) ways.

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