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September 13th, 2012, 02:15 PM   #1
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Consider the rational expression
a) Identify, if possible, a rational expression with integer coefficients that simplify to 2x+1/x-4, for each set of restrictions.

i) x =/= -1,4 ii) x =/= 0,4 iii) x =/= 2/3, 4 iv) x=/= -1/2, 4

b) is there a rational expression with denominator of the form ax^2 +bx+c, a=/= 0, that simplifies to 2x+1/x-4, and has only the restriction x=/= 4? Explain
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Re: rational expression

a.) We are asked to consider:

We see that we must have

Now, to add the restriction where , yet have the expression simplify to the original, we must then multiply the original by 1 in the form of:

Now, if k is a rational number, i.e., then we may write:

Can you proceed to answer the four parts of the first problem now? Don't hesitate to ask for further assistance if you are still stuck!

b.) Hint: Consider the denominator having the repeated root ...what does such a quadratic look like? What do you have to multiply the original denominator with to get this quadratic...and remember you must also multiply the original numerator by this factor.

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