## pokemon23 Group Title divide and express the quotient in lowest terms. 2 years ago 2 years ago

1. pokemon23

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3. pokemon23

am I right so far....

4. Callisto

yup

5. pokemon23

what should I do next

6. Callisto

cancel the common factors

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8. Callisto

wait not exactly correct

9. Callisto

for the first fraction, the upper part, you should take 6 as the common factor

10. pokemon23

true

11. pokemon23

now it makes sense

12. Callisto

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15. Callisto

can you do it once again from the start, it's very messy

16. funinabox

that answer is correct, just not in lowest terms

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18. Callisto

and then?

19. Callisto

see the 6 and 2

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22. Callisto

combine what you have then

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24. pokemon23

am I right

25. funinabox

your other previous answer (42/2x-4) was more correct. when doing simplification, it helps to.... simplify, to see what needs to be done more clearly. for most problems you don't need to do this, but later it gets helpful to think along these lines:

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28. funinabox

basically im saying 42/2(x-4) is the same thing as 42/2 * 1/(x-4) 42/2 is pretty simple arithmetic. Once you've got that simplified, just fit that back in to the expression.. and you've got the answer. thats one of many ways to simplify things.

29. pokemon23

im a bit confused

30. pokemon23

isn't it 2(x-2)

31. Callisto

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33. funinabox

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34. funinabox

really the entire point is it does not matter how you simplify, as long as you are dividing or multiplying by "1", or keeping the overall expression equal. you'll never end up with an incorrect answer this way lol