Simplifying: Put it TogetherDate: 4/5/96 at 15:44:31 From: RDIANNE GREEN Subject: Math help, please Hello, Could you please help me work out the following problem? 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? Thankx in advance!! jodi Date: 4/7/96 at 19:46:0 From: Doctor Sebastien Subject: Re: Math help, please 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 We get (3-5x)/(x-1), which is your answer. -Doctor Sebastien, The Math Forum |
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