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Simplify the expression [4-(3+x)/x]/[(x-1)/(x+1)]-[4/(x-x^2)]

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sapon | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Honors

Posted May 16, 2011 at 2:56 AM via web

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Simplify the expression


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giorgiana1976 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted May 16, 2011 at 10:33 AM (Answer #2)

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For the first term of the expression:

[4-(3+x)/x] /[ (x-1)/(x+1)]

The numerator of the first term is 4-(3+x)/x and the denominator is (x-1)/(x+1). To write the numerator in a simplified manner, we have to have the same denominator, which is x. For this reason, we'll multiply 4 by x.

The numerator will become:


The numerator 3(x-1)/x will be multiplied by the inversed ratio(x+1)/(x-1).


We'll  simplify the common factor (x-1),and we'll get:


This result will be added to the second term -[ 4/(x-2x^2)]

[3(x+1)/x] - [ 4/(x-2x^2)]

[3(x+1)/x]-[ 4/x(1-2x)]

We've noticed that the LCD of the 2 ratios  is

x(1-2x), so we'll multiply the first ratio by (1-2x).

The expression will be:


We'll combine like terms:


We'll re-arrange the terms:


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justaguide | College Teacher | (Level 2) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 25, 2011 at 4:31 AM (Answer #3)

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We have to simplify: [4-(3+x)/x]/[(x-1)/(x+1)]-[4/(x-x^2)]


=> [4(x + 1)/x(x - 1)] - 4/(x - x^2)

=> [(4x + 4)/(x^2 - x)] - 4/(x - x^2)

=> (-4x - 4)/(x - x^2) - 4/(x - x^2)

=> (-4x - 4 - 4)/(x - x^2)

=> (-4x - 8)/(x - x^2)

The simplified expression is (-4x - 8)/(x - x^2)

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