discuss why is not possiblediscuss why is not possible to reduce to lowest terms 3 + x  3x

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sciencesolve | Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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You need to notice that the members of fraction `(3+x)/(3x)` do not share duplicate factors, hence, the fraction is given in its simplest form.

You may perform a formal simplification if you write the fraction such that:

`((3 + x)*1)/((3x)*1)`

Reducing duplicate factor 1, yields:

`((3 + x)*1)/((3x)*1) = (3+x)/(3x) `

Hence, since the given form of fraction is its simplest form, it is not possible to be reduced to a simpler form than the given form.

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giorgiana1976 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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I understand that you want to reduce to lowest terms. If it is about a fraction (since it is about reducing), it is obvious that the denominator and numerator are primes.

In other words, the numerator 3+x and the denominator 3x, have no common factors, it is impossible to reduce the fraction to the lowest terms.

(3+x)/3x cannot be reduced.