prove that (x/(x+1)+1):(1-3x^2/(1-x^2))=(1-x)/(1-2x)

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justaguide | College Teacher | (Level 2) Distinguished Educator

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We have to prove that (x/(x+1)+1):(1-3x^2/(1-x^2))=(1-x)/(1-2x)

Starting with the left hand side


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

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

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

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

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

=> [(1-x)/(1-2x)]

which is the right hand side

This proves that (x/(x+1)+1):(1-3x^2/(1-x^2))=(1-x)/(1-2x)

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giorgiana1976 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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We'll manipulate what's inside the 1st pair of brackets:

x/(x+1) + 1

We'll multiply by (x+1) the number 1:

[x + 1*(x+1)]/(x+1) = (x + x + 1)/(x+1) = (2x+1)/(x+1)

We'll manipulate what's inside the 2nd pair of brackets:

1-3x^2/(1-x^2) = (1 - x^2 - 3x^2)/(1-x)(1+x) = (1-4x^2)/(1-x^2)

We'll multiply (2x+1)/(x+1) by (1-x^2)/(1-4x^2)


We'll simplify and we'll get:

(2x+1)(1-x)(1+x)/(x+1)(1-2x)(1+2x) = (1-x)/(1-2x) = RHS


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