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    How did this happen?

    This solution comes from a differential calculus book. It seems to be on the simplifying stage already since it involves algebra. I'm wondering how it goes that way. Hopefully someone can explain this to me. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stills View Post
    This solution comes from a differential calculus book. It seems to be on the simplifying stage already since it involves algebra. I'm wondering how it goes that way. Hopefully someone can explain this to me. Thanks!

    x(x+1)^2 is a common factor of both the terms.

    Try viewing the term as:

    3(a^2)(b^2)+2ab^3

    this can be expressed as:

     ab^2 [ 3a + 2b]

    where:

     a= x and  b = x+1
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    oops,
    forget to notice the common factor.
    thanks bro
    I would like to add another question,
    what if, of different exponent?
    like this one:

    X^4 (x^2-a^2)^-1/2 + 3x^2 (x^2-a^2)^1/2
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    Quote Originally Posted by stills View Post
    oops,
    forget to notice the common factor.
    thanks bro
    I would like to add another question,
    what if, of different exponent?
    like this one:

    X^4 (x^2-a^2)^-1/2 + 3x^2 (x^2-a^2)^1/2
    that would be:

    \frac{x^4}{\sqrt{(x^2-a^2)}} + 3x^2 \sqrt{(x^2-a^2)}

    Can you simplify this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stills View Post
    This solution comes from a differential calculus book. It seems to be on the simplifying stage already since it involves algebra. I'm wondering how it goes that way. Hopefully someone can explain this to me. Thanks!

    It has been factorised by taking out the common factor of  x(x + 1)^2.
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