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    Addition and subtraction with fractions

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    Quote Originally Posted by klik11 View Post
    \frac{1}{3(a-1)} + \frac{a+2}{a(a+1)} - \frac{2(2a-1)}{3(a-1)(a+1)}

    common denominator is 3a(a-1)(a+1)

    \frac{a(a+1)}{3a(a-1)(a+1)} + \frac{3(a-1)(a+2)}{3a(a-1)(a+1)} - \frac{2a(2a-1)}{3a(a-1)(a+1)}<br />

    now proceed ...
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    That exercise doesn't have it's solution on the book, so could you please tell me if I did it right?

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    you have a mistake in the denominator.u didn't factorize well.
    Last edited by Raoh; November 8th 2009 at 12:34 PM.
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    you should end up with ...

    \frac{2}{a(a+1)}
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raoh View Post
    well done "klik11".
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    you should end up with ...

    \frac{2}{a(a+1)}
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    \frac{a(a+1)}{3a(a-1)(a+1)} + \frac{3(a-1)(a+2)}{3a(a-1)(a+1)} - \frac{2a(2a-1)}{3a(a-1)(a+1)} =\frac{a(a+1)+3(a-1)(a+2)-2a(2a-1)}{3a(a-1)(a+1)} = \frac{6(a-1)}{3a(a^{2}-1)} = \frac{2(a-1)}{a(a^{2}-1)}.
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    I repeat ...

    you should end up with \frac{2}{a(a+1)}
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raoh View Post
    \frac{a(a+1)}{3a(a-1)(a+1)} + \frac{3(a-1)(a+2)}{3a(a-1)(a+1)} - \frac{2a(2a-1)}{3a(a-1)(a+1)} =\frac{a(a+1)+3(a-1)(a+2)-2a(2a-1)}{3a(a-1)(a+1)} = \frac{6(a-1)}{3a(a^{2}-1)} = \frac{2(a-1)}{a(a^{2}-1)}.
    which is \frac{2}{a(a+1)}
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    I didn't learn that part yet but okay
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