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May 17th, 2009, 04:18 PM   #1
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simplification

how would i simplify

-3 + x
x [color=#FFFFFF]_-[/color] 3


disregard _- in white, i just was trying to set it up as a fraction.
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May 17th, 2009, 06:05 PM   #2
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Re: simplification

You are adding fractions. Find a common denominator. Do it exactly as you would if you replaced x by a natural number greater than 1.
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May 18th, 2009, 05:15 AM   #3
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disregard _- in white, i just was trying to set it up as a fraction.
You can format as -3/x + x/3.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Delta
how would i simplify

-3 + x
x [color=#FFFFFF]_-[/color] 3
You have:

[color=white]. . . . .[/color]

The common denominator is clearly 3x, so convert:

[color=white]. . . . .[/color]

[color=white]. . . . .[/color]

...and so forth.
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May 18th, 2009, 12:52 PM   #4
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...and so forth? You might as well have finished it. ...

=(x^2 - 9)/3x

It will factor, but not worthwhile doing so in this case, nor necessary.

I think the main point is to get to understand the processes involved when dealing with any rational form, either arithmetic or algebra. That takes much more than one example for the beginner, and usually some discussion along the way.
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