May 17th, 2009, 04:18 PM  #1 
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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. 
May 17th, 2009, 06:05 PM  #2 
Senior Member Joined: Jul 2008 Posts: 895 Thanks: 0  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.

May 18th, 2009, 05:15 AM  #3  
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[color=white]. . . . .[/color] The common denominator is clearly 3x, so convert: [color=white]. . . . .[/color] [color=white]. . . . .[/color] ...and so forth.  
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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