Introductory Algebra for College Students (7th Edition)

Published by Pearson
ISBN 10: 0-13417-805-X
ISBN 13: 978-0-13417-805-9

Chapter 7 - Section 7.1 - Rational Expressions and Their Simplification - Exercise Set - Page 492: 47


$\displaystyle \frac{x+6}{x-6}$

Work Step by Step

Simplifying Rational Expressions 1. Factor the numerator and the denominator completely. 2. Divide both the numerator and the denominator by any common factors. --- Numerator: recognize a square of a binomial $(x+6)^{2}$ Denominator: recognize a difference of squares $(x+6)(x-6)$ Expression = $\displaystyle \frac{(x+6)^{2}}{(x+6)(x-6)}$ ... divide both with the common factor: $(x+6)$ Expression = $\displaystyle \frac{x+6}{x-6}$
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