Algebra: A Combined Approach (4th Edition)

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Chapter 7 - Section 7.1 - Simplifying Rational Expressions - Vocabulary and Readiness Check - Page 489: 10


Yes $\frac{5-x}{x-5}$ can be simplified

Work Step by Step

Step 1: The terms in the numerator and denominator become similar if -1 is taken common from the two terms in the numerator. $\frac{5-x}{x-5}$ = $\frac{-(x-5)}{x-5}$ Step 2: The similar terms can be cancelled to give $-1$
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