1. Addition and subtraction with fractions

2. Originally Posted by klik11
$\displaystyle \frac{1}{3(a-1)} + \frac{a+2}{a(a+1)} - \frac{2(2a-1)}{3(a-1)(a+1)}$

common denominator is $\displaystyle 3a(a-1)(a+1)$

$\displaystyle \frac{a(a+1)}{3a(a-1)(a+1)} + \frac{3(a-1)(a+2)}{3a(a-1)(a+1)} - \frac{2a(2a-1)}{3a(a-1)(a+1)}$

now proceed ...

3. 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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4. you have a mistake in the denominator.u didn't factorize well.

5. you should end up with ...

$\displaystyle \frac{2}{a(a+1)}$

6. Originally Posted by Raoh
well done "klik11".
Originally Posted by skeeter
you should end up with ...

$\displaystyle \frac{2}{a(a+1)}$

7. $\displaystyle \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)}$$\displaystyle =\frac{a(a+1)+3(a-1)(a+2)-2a(2a-1)}{3a(a-1)(a+1)} \displaystyle = \frac{6(a-1)}{3a(a^{2}-1)} \displaystyle = \frac{2(a-1)}{a(a^{2}-1)}. 8. I repeat ... you should end up with \displaystyle \frac{2}{a(a+1)} 9. Originally Posted by Raoh \displaystyle \frac{a(a+1)}{3a(a-1)(a+1)} + \frac{3(a-1)(a+2)}{3a(a-1)(a+1)} - \frac{2a(2a-1)}{3a(a-1)(a+1)}$$\displaystyle =\frac{a(a+1)+3(a-1)(a+2)-2a(2a-1)}{3a(a-1)(a+1)}$ $\displaystyle = \frac{6(a-1)}{3a(a^{2}-1)}$ $\displaystyle = \frac{2(a-1)}{a(a^{2}-1)}$.
which is $\displaystyle \frac{2}{a(a+1)}$

10. I didn't learn that part yet but okay
Thanks