1. ## simplifying complex fractions

Please assist in simplifying the following complex fraction (I cannot format correctly, but there is a bold line in between the following two expressions) b^2 + 5b + 6/ 3bc (bold line, and underneath b^2 - 9/6bc I'm coming up with -1, but this doesn't seem correct?

2. Originally Posted by jay1
Please assist in simplifying the following complex fraction (I cannot format correctly, but there is a bold line in between the following two expressions) b^2 + 5b + 6/ 3bc (bold line, and underneath b^2 - 9/6bc I'm coming up with -1, but this doesn't seem correct?
remember how to divide fractions?

$\displaystyle \frac{b^2+5b+6}{3bc} \cdot \frac{6bc}{b^2-9}$

$\displaystyle \frac{(b+2)(b+3)}{3bc} \cdot \frac{6bc}{(b+3)(b-3)}$

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3. Originally Posted by skeeter
remember how to divide fractions?

$\displaystyle \frac{b^2+5b+6}{3bc} \cdot \frac{6bc}{b^2-9}$

$\displaystyle \frac{(b+2)(b+3)}{3bc} \cdot \frac{6bc}{(b+3)(b-3)}$

finish
Thanks..I think I have it: 2(b+2)/(b - 3) ?