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monique06 | Valedictorian

Posted May 18, 2013 at 7:00 PM via web

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Please help me solve the following math problems:

`((t^2+3t-18)/(t^2+2t-15))((t^2-3t-10)/(t^2+8t+12))`

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crmhaske | College Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted May 19, 2013 at 2:31 AM (Answer #1)

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The first step is to factor the 4 polynomials.  Find two numbers that multiply to the last term, and add to the constant of the second term:

`t^2+3t-18=(t+6)(t-3)`
6+-3=3 and (6)(-3)=-18

`t^2-3t-10=(t-5)(t+2)`
-5+2=-3 and (-5)(2)=10

`t^2+2t-15=(t+5)(t-3)`
5+-3=2 and (5)(-3)=-15

`t^2+8t+12=(t+6)(t+2)`
6+2=8 and (6)(2)=12

Therefore:

 

`((t^2+3t-18)/(t^2+2t-15))((t^2-3t-10)/(t^2+8t+12))=(((t+6)(t-3))/((t+5)(t-3)))(((t-5)(t+2))/((t+6)(t+12))) `

Cancel out the equivalent terms, and you are left with:

`((t-5)(t+2))/((t+5)(t+12))`

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