How do I simplify this expression?

• Aug 26th 2010, 11:12 AM
jenbones
How 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)

• Aug 26th 2010, 11:33 AM
HallsofIvy
Quote:

Originally Posted by jenbones
Okay, so I need step by step on how to simplify this expression:
(a + 2) / (a^2 + a) ÷ (a + 2) / (a^3)

That is the same as $\frac{a+ 2}{a^2+ 2}\frac{a^3}{a+ 2}$ (because, as we learned in the third grade, to divide fractions, we invert the divisor and multiply). Now, what can you cancel?
• Aug 26th 2010, 11:35 AM
jenbones
cancel out the a + 2
• Aug 26th 2010, 11:37 AM
yehoram
$\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, 11:38 AM
jenbones
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, 11:44 AM