I need this to be in this format :

I can easily factor the top to get the "s+a",

Now

but how can I factor the bottom in such a way to get the required form? Can someone help please?

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- Dec 12th 2009, 03:28 PMjuttricky algebraic manipulation
I need this to be in this format :

I can easily factor the top to get the "s+a",

Now

but how can I factor the bottom in such a way to get the required form? Can someone help please? - Dec 12th 2009, 03:46 PMGusbob
Have you tried completing the square? Do the numbers have to be integers?

- Dec 12th 2009, 04:31 PMjut
- Dec 12th 2009, 05:32 PMGusbob
Sorry I didn't read the question carefully. Didn't realise the square on the bottom has to be the square of the numerator.

In this case, I don't think it will be possible to make it into the format you wish, unless 'w' can have 's' in it.

This is because we cannot make the bottom square without introducing more 's' into the denominator, which would have to be part of 'w'. - Dec 12th 2009, 05:36 PMjut
It's ok, thanks for the help anyway.

Yeah I was beginning to think it's not possible too. Oh well. (Speechless)