Intermediate Algebra (6th Edition)

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ISBN 13: 978-0-32178-504-6

Chapter 6 - Section 6.1 - Rational Functions and Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions - Exercise Set: 11

Answer

The domain is all real numbers except $x\ne-2$, and $x\ne2$.

Work Step by Step

Restrictions in a domain occur when any value of $x$ results in an zero in the denominator. To find this value, set the expression in the denominator equal to zero, and solve. $x^{2}-4=0$ $(x+2)(x-2)=0$ Factor and solve $x=-2$ and $x=2$ Thus, the domain is all real numbers except $x\ne-2$, and $x\ne2$.
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