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Topic: simplifying rational expressions
Replies: 12   Last Post: Jan 28, 2013 12:57 AM

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 justlooking for someone else Posts: 77 Registered: 12/10/04
Re: simplifying rational expressions
Posted: Jan 16, 2013 11:57 PM

Yep. Excellent point. Your point was right on the money. I fail to
recognize the flipperoo that would have eased up the mess that I
created. Reading some of the posts this evening, I wanted to spank
myself. Thank you much for your help.

s

On 16 Jan 2013 10:34:38 +0200, Jussi Piitulainen
<jpiitula@ling.helsinki.fi> wrote:

>
>I suspect you are missing the fact that (a - b) and (b - a) in the
>denominators are essentially the same factor. The common denominator
>of the terms is (a - b)(a - c)(b - c). I think you can leave the
>denominator in that form.
>
>I did the numerator two ways: in terms of these same factors, and
>multiplying out and combining terms. They seemed about equally simple
>to me, though I may have made mistakes. I usually do. Be careful with
>the signs :)
>
>Hope this helps.