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    More simplifying help.

    Can someone show me how

     \frac{4x^3-3x^4y}{(1-xy)^2}

    is te he same as



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

    They are apparently alternative ways to write each other but i have no idea how!
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    Hello el123
    Quote Originally Posted by el123 View Post
    Can someone show me how

     \frac{4x^3-3x^4y}{(1-xy)^2}

    is te he same as



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

    They are apparently alternative ways to write each other but i have no idea how!
    Sorry, but it just isn't.

    You can factorise the numerator:

     \frac{4x^3-3x^4y}{(1-xy)^2}=\frac{x^3(4-3xy)}{(1-xy)^2}

    and that's all.

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    that  3x^3
    is supposed to be

     \frac{3x^3}{xy-1}

    check it right here.

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    Hello el123
    Quote Originally Posted by el123 View Post
    that  3x^3
    is supposed to be

     \frac{3x^3}{xy-1}

    check it right here.

    - Wolfram|Alpha
    Yes, it's true you can write  \frac{4x^3-3x^4y}{(1-xy)^2} as  \frac{x^3}{(1-xy)^2}-\frac{3x^3}{xy-1} if you need to! How does it work? Well, note first that (1-xy)^2 = (xy-1)^2, and then multiply top and bottom of the second fraction by (xy-1):

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

     =\frac{x^3}{(1-xy)^2}-\frac{3x^3}{(xy-1)}\color{red}\frac{(xy-1)}{(xy-1)}

     =\frac{x^3-3x^4y+3x^3}{(1-xy)^2}

     =\frac{4x^3-3x^4y}{(1-xy)^2}

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