Okay, so I need step by step on how to simplify this expression:

(a + 2) / (a^2 + a) ÷ (a + 2) / (a^3)

thank you in advanced.

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- Aug 26th 2010, 10:12 AMjenbonesHow do I simplify this expression?
Okay, so I need step by step on how to simplify this expression:

(a + 2) / (a^2 + a) ÷ (a + 2) / (a^3)

thank you in advanced. - Aug 26th 2010, 10:33 AMHallsofIvy
- Aug 26th 2010, 10:35 AMjenbones
cancel out the a + 2

- Aug 26th 2010, 10:37 AMyehoramanswer
$\displaystyle \frac{(a + 2)}{(a^2 + a)}:\frac{(a + 2)}{(a^3)} = \frac{(a + 2)}{(a^2 + a)}\cdot \frac{(a^3)}{(a+2)} = \frac{(a ^3)}{(a^2+a)} = \frac{(a ^3)}{a(a+1)} = \frac{(a ^2)}{(a+1)} \ \ \ \ \ $

- Aug 26th 2010, 10:38 AMjenbones
are you sure the answer is (a^3) / (a^2 + 2) ? I know for a fact the answer is (a^2) / (a + 1)

Never mind, I see. - Aug 26th 2010, 10:44 AMChad950
the two brackets (a+2) will cancel out each other to give...

(1 / (a^2 + a)) ÷ (1/(a^3)

then if we multiply both the top line and the bottom line by a^3 then the (1/(a^3)) bit we originally have will disappear as

a^3/a^3 is 1

multiply (1 / (a^2 + a)) by a^3 we get (a^3)/(a^2 + a)

this is effectively turning the divisor upside down and multiplying.

now (a^2 + a) can be factorised into what...?