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    f(x)=\frac{x^2-x-1}{(x+2)(x-3)}

    Obtain an expression of f(x) in ascending power of 1/x up to the term in 1/x^3 . Determine the set of values of x which this expansion is valid .

    My work .

    f(x)=\frac{1}{x-3}-\frac{1}{x+2}

    =(x+2)^{-1}-(x-3)^{-1}

    =\frac{1}{x}(1-\frac{3}{x})^{-1}-\frac{1}{x}(1+\frac{2}{x})^{-1}

    When i continue simplifying , i got \frac{5}{x^2}+\frac{5}{x^3}

    Am i correct ?

    The other thing is to find the set of values of x , is it
     <br /> <br />
|-\frac{3}{x}|<1<br />

    and |\frac{2}{x}|<1 ??
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    Quote Originally Posted by thereddevils View Post
    f(x)=\frac{x^2-x-1}{(x+2)(x-3)}

    Obtain an expression of f(x) in ascending power of 1/x up to the term in 1/x^3 . Determine the set of values of x which this expansion is valid .

    My work .

    f(x)=\frac{1}{x-3}-\frac{1}{x+2}

    =(x+2)^{-1}-(x-3)^{-1}

    =\frac{1}{x}(1-\frac{3}{x})^{-1}-\frac{1}{x}(1+\frac{2}{x})^{-1}

    When i continue simplifying , i got \frac{5}{x^2}+\frac{5}{x^3}

    Am i correct ?

    The other thing is to find the set of values of x , is it
     <br /> <br />
|-\frac{3}{x}|<1<br />

    and |\frac{2}{x}|<1 ??

    your function

    f(x)=\frac{x^2-x-1}{(x+2)(x-3)}

    or

    f(x)=\frac{1}{x-3}-\frac{1}{x+2}

    if your question at the first form I think the solution will be

    f(x)=\frac{x^2-x-1}{(x+2)(x-3)}

    f(x)=\frac{1-\dfrac{1}{x}-\dfrac{1}{x^2}}{\left(1+\dfrac{2}{x}\right)\left(1-\dfrac{3}{x}\right)}

    the denominator should not equal zero in each fraction

    so x\ne 0 and

    1+\frac{2}{x}\ne 0 \Rightarrow x\ne -2 and

    1-\frac{3}{x} \ne 0 \Rightarrow x\ne 3

    so the values of x all real numbers expect {-2,0,3}


    if

    f(x)=\frac{1}{x-3} - \frac{1}{x+2}

    f(x)=\frac{5}{(x-3)(x+2)}

    f(x)=\dfrac{\dfrac{5}{x^2}}{\left(1-\dfrac{3}{x}\right)\left(1+\dfrac{2}{x}\right)}

    and the values of x is the same as the first form
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amer View Post
    your function

    f(x)=\frac{x^2-x-1}{(x+2)(x-3)}

    or

    f(x)=\frac{1}{x-3}-\frac{1}{x+2}

    if your question at the first form I think the solution will be

    f(x)=\frac{x^2-x-1}{(x+2)(x-3)}

    f(x)=\frac{1-\dfrac{1}{x}-\dfrac{1}{x^2}}{\left(1+\dfrac{2}{x}\right)\left(1-\dfrac{3}{x}\right)}

    the denominator should not equal zero in each fraction

    so x\ne 0 and

    1+\frac{2}{x}\ne 0 \Rightarrow x\ne -2 and

    1-\frac{3}{x} \ne 0 \Rightarrow x\ne 3

    so the values of x all real numbers expect {-2,0,3}


    if

    f(x)=\frac{1}{x-3} - \frac{1}{x+2}

    f(x)=\frac{5}{(x-3)(x+2)}

    f(x)=\dfrac{\dfrac{5}{x^2}}{\left(1-\dfrac{3}{x}\right)\left(1+\dfrac{2}{x}\right)}

    and the values of x is the same as the first form

    Well , that doesn't answer my question . However , the answer to this question is 1+\frac{5}{x^2}+\frac{5}{x^3} , i just cant figure out where is my '1' .

    And also the ranges of x which makes this expansion valid ??
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