## HarvestMan 2 years ago What is the simplified form of x minus 4 over x squared minus x minus 12 • x minus 4 over x squared minus 8x plus 16 ?

1. shania0703

$\frac{x-4 }{ x^2}-12*x- \frac{ 4 }{ x^2 }-8x+16$

2. shania0703

There is it set up, now, what can you do first to simplify?

3. shania0703

Also congrats on your first question in mathematics.

4. HarvestMan

Thanks!

5. HarvestMan

so, first, I should multiply12 and x, so I get 12x, and then I combine like terms, right? so, simplified it would be $(x-8)-20x+16$right?

6. shania0703

You cannot combine 12 and x.

7. HarvestMan

I can't? I thought it that when you multiply a number and an unknown, you get $number(unknown)$

8. evansda

$\frac{ x-8 }{ x^2 }+2x+16$

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