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mathstudent55
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What divides into 18 and 6?

Spartan_Of_Ares
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2 an 3

mathstudent55
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Correct, but what is the largest number that divides into 18 and 6?


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So that is your first step. Divide both the numerator and denominator by 6.

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3 AS NUMERATOR

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Spartan_Of_Ares
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where did the 9 come from 0.o

mathstudent55
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Right. 18 is in numerator. 18 divided by 6 goes in numerator. 6 is in denominator. 6 divided by 6 goes in denominator.

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Those are the letter smallcase Q

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could you re word that please

mathstudent55
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What looks like a 9 to you is the way I write the letter "q"

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ok that makes sense

mathstudent55
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Now thta the number part is simplified, we need to simplify the variable part, the q and r variables.

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Notice what exponents mean, r^5 = r * r * r * r * r

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so i have 1 r in the numerator and 4 in the denominator?

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mathstudent55
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Thta's it. What's left?

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Spartan_Of_Ares
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oh ok i have just one more

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Ok. Pls post a new question.