Add or subtract as indicated.
1. b/b-1 + 2b/b^2 -1
2. a-1/a+1 + a+1/a-1
Please help me to understand how to find these answers. Thanks!
I presume this is
b/(b - 1) + 2b/(b^2 - 1)
Please use parenthesis!
Like adding any other kind of fraction, you need a common denominator. So factor
b^2 - 1 = (b + 1)(b - 1)
The first fraction only has a b - 1 in its denominator, so we need to multiply top and bottom by b + 1:
b/(b - 1) * (b + 1)/(b + 1) + 2b/[(b + 1)(b - 1)]
= b(b + 1)/[(b + 1)(b - 1)] + 2b/[(b + 1)(b - 1)]
= [b(b + 1) + 2b]/[(b + 1)(b - 1)]
= [b^2 + b + 2b]/[(b + 1)(b - 1)]
= [b^2 + 3b]/[(b + 1)(b - 1)]
= [b(b + 3)]/[(b + 1)(b - 1)]
-Dan
Again, this is
(a - 1)/(a + 1) + (a + 1)/(a - 1)
right?
To get a common denominator, we need to multiply the first fraction by (a - 1)/(a - 1) and the second fraction by
(a + 1)/(a + 1):
(a - 1)/(a + 1) * (a - 1)/(a - 1) + (a + 1)/(a - 1) * (a + 1)/(a + 1)
= [(a - 1)^2]/[(a + 1)(a - 1)] + [(a + 1)^2]/[(a + 1)(a - 1)]
= [(a - 1)^2 + (a + 1)^2]/[(a + 1)(a - 1)]
= [a^2 - 2a + 1 + a^2 + 2a + 1]/[(a + 1)(a - 1)]
= [2a^2 + 2]/[(a + 1)(a - 1)]
= [2(a^2 + 1)]/[(a + 1)(a - 1)]
-Dan