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Date: 4/5/96 at 15:44:31
From:  RDIANNE GREEN

Hello,

I am supposed to perform the indicated operations and express the
results in lowest terms.

Here's the problem:

5       -      4x       -   2-x
-----            -----          -----  =  ?
x-1             x-1          x-1

Here is as far as I could get:

5-4x-2-x
----------   =   ?
x-1

Could you show me how to finish the operations and how to get it
further reduced to its lowest terms?

jodi
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Date: 4/7/96 at 19:46:0
From: Doctor Sebastien

Hi.

You did go very far.  There are a few more steps to go.

So, you now have

5-4x-2-x
--------
x-1

Which I will write as (5-4x-2-x)/(x-1).

Now, we can subtract the 2 from the 5 and the x from the -4x

-Doctor Sebastien,  The Math Forum

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