1. ## Simplifying an expression

the one that is still confusing me is the simplification of:

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2. Originally Posted by frozenflames
thanks a lot, but i figured that one out.

the one that is still confusing me is the simplification of:

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$\frac{\frac{2}{a+h}-\frac{2}{a}}{h}$

Start by finding common denominators for the two fractions in the numerator and combining them into one fraction:

$\frac{\frac{2}{a+h}-\frac{2}{a}}{h}=\frac{\frac{2a}{a(a+h)}-\frac{2(a+h)}{a(a+h)}}{h}$ $=\frac{\frac{2a-2(a+h)}{a(a+h)}}{h}=\frac{\frac{2a-2a+2h}{a(a+h)}}{h}=\frac{\frac{2h}{a(a+h)}}{h}$

To divide fractions, multiply the top fraction by the reciprocal of the bottom one:

$\frac{\frac{2h}{a(a+h)}}{h}=\frac{2h}{a(a+h)}\cdot \frac{1}{h}=\frac{2h}{ah(a+h)}$

Cancel the $h$'s and you're done:

$\frac{2h}{ah(a+h)}=\boxed{\frac{2}{a(a+h)}}$