Algebra 1: Common Core (15th Edition)

Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 10: 0133281140
ISBN 13: 978-0-13328-114-9

Chapter 1 - Foundations for Algebra - 1-7 The Distributive Property - Practice and Problem-Solving Exercises - Page 50: 26



Work Step by Step

Any fraction can be written as a sum or a difference if multiple things are added or subtracted in the numerator (top of the fraction). In order to write the fraction as a sum or difference, we simply take the numerator and break it into two separate fractions, each one with the same denominator (bottom of the fraction) as the original fraction. In the problem, the numerator is 17+5n, so we add the two fractions, coming to the final answer: $\frac{17}{4}$+$\frac{5n}{4}$
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