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March 31st, 2018, 03:32 AM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Mar 2018 From: Canada Posts: 14 Thanks: 0  Fractions , linearalgebra!
Hi everyone, I’m quite new here, so please bare with me! I’m stuck on a a problem and it’s being consuming my entire day! The problem is the following Subtract: x / (x2).( x+4) from 2 / x^2+2x8 There are four possible answeres given to me on this problem. They might all be correct or maybe just one of them! a) (x+2) / x^2 + 2x  8 B) 2x / x^2+2x 8 C) 2x / (x2)(x+4) D) x2 / (x2)(x+4) I do realize that the denominators are the same, but I’m having trouble figuring out wich options are actually correct( if more than one). When I try calculating the numerators, with any of the options given ( by substituting x for a given number, all the numerators from the possible answers give me the same result! This leads me to believe that all answers are correct. If I’m wrong, it would be great to understand why! Thank you so much in advance !! Last edited by Brunob; March 31st, 2018 at 03:36 AM. 
March 31st, 2018, 04:23 AM  #2 
Math Team Joined: Oct 2011 From: Ottawa Ontario, Canada Posts: 14,597 Thanks: 1038  
March 31st, 2018, 04:37 AM  #3 
Newbie Joined: Mar 2018 From: Canada Posts: 14 Thanks: 0  Thanks!!
I think I got what you mean. So there are 3 correct answers. Saying u = (x2)(x+4)=x^2+2x8 So (x+2)/ u is correct 2x/u is also correct ( that would be B and C) I’m just not sure why x2/u isn’t a correct answer? It does seem to me that it is correct as I would get the same value from others if I put a number for X. Do you mind explaining it to me? Thank u soooo much! 
March 31st, 2018, 04:59 AM  #4 
Math Team Joined: Oct 2011 From: Ottawa Ontario, Canada Posts: 14,597 Thanks: 1038  Isn't that (x2)/u ? If so, then they are ALL correct! Check by assigning a value to x; say x=10; all 4 choices = .2 NOTE: make SURE you understand the importance of proper BRACKETING. Last edited by Denis; March 31st, 2018 at 05:10 AM. Reason: Add NOTE 
March 31st, 2018, 05:11 AM  #5 
Newbie Joined: Mar 2018 From: Canada Posts: 14 Thanks: 0  Perfect!
Great! Thank you so much! That’s what I’ve thought!!! Rgds, Bruno 
March 31st, 2018, 05:18 AM  #6 
Math Team Joined: Oct 2011 From: Ottawa Ontario, Canada Posts: 14,597 Thanks: 1038 
To end this weirdness: do you UNDERSTAND what I mean with "importance of proper bracketing"? 
April 2nd, 2018, 03:24 PM  #7 
Newbie Joined: Mar 2018 From: Canada Posts: 14 Thanks: 0 
I do!! Thank you very much

April 4th, 2018, 04:16 AM  #8 
Math Team Joined: Jan 2015 From: Alabama Posts: 3,264 Thanks: 902 
With regard to "the importance of proper bracketing" I would say that NONE of these are correct. a)$\displaystyle (x+2) / x^2 + 2x  8= \frac{x+ 2}{x^2}+ 2x 8$ is not correct. B) $\displaystyle 2x / x^2+2x 8= 2 \frac{x}{x^2}+ 2x 8$ is not correct. C) $\displaystyle 2x / (x2)(x+4)= 2 \frac{x}{(x2)(x+4)}$ is not correct. D) $\displaystyle x2 / (x2)(x+4)= x \frac{2}{(x 2)(x+4)}$ is not correct. The correct answer is $\displaystyle (x+ 2)/(x^2+ 2x 8 )= \frac{x+ 2}{x^2+ 2x 8}= \frac{x+ 2}{(x 2)(x+ 4)}$. 

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