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Are you supposed to simplify the problem?

Yes

ok look at the parentheses on the left. Can you pull out any common factors?

oh oops I mean one in the middle.

ok but what do I do with those darn exponents. LOL

just a sec, I'm working it out. will explain as soon as I'm done.

ok here goes:
Pulling out the common 2, you get: 2(x+2)(x+2)^-1/2 + (x+2)^3/2 right?

ok

So now can you see any terms that can be pulled out of the addition?

actually first: can you simplify the left side of the addition at all?

notice that both have a base of (x+2). What does that mean about the exponents?

yea I'm sorry not a clue. Ugh Christmas break ruined me

I am so sorry and feel like an idiot right now. I get that the exponents are multiplied

ok oops thats what I meant. But didn't the (-) exponent go to the denominator

ok then what do I do?

Doing that, you get (x+2)^1/2 times(2 + x + 2), which simplifies to (x+4)(x+2)^1/2. and you're done.

so my final answer should be (x+2)^1/2 + (x+4)

yup! :)

oh wait no. They're multiplied, not added.

ok thanks (feel like an idiot) lol

no problem!