# Simplification

• Feb 14th 2011, 06:54 PM
joatmon
Simplification
Can anybody show me how this

$\frac{-4x}{9\sqrt{4-\frac{4x^2}{9}}}$

winds up simplifying to this:

$\frac{-2x}{3\sqrt{9-x^2}}$

Here's what I have done, but I get a different answer:

$\frac{-4x}{9\sqrt{4-\frac{4x^2}{9}}}$
$\frac{-4x}{9\sqrt{36-4x^2}}$
$\frac{-4x}{9\sqrt{4(9-x^2)}}$
$\frac{-4x}{9(2)\sqrt{9-x^2}}$
$\frac{-2x}{9\sqrt{9-x^2}}$

I just don't see how that 3 winds up in the denominator. I get a 9.

Thanks.
• Feb 14th 2011, 07:05 PM
Prove It
Quote:

Originally Posted by joatmon
Can anybody show me how this

$\frac{-4x}{9\sqrt{4-\frac{4x^2}{9}}}$

winds up simplifying to this:

$\frac{-2x}{3\sqrt{9-x^2}}$

Here's what I have done, but I get a different answer:

$\frac{-4x}{9\sqrt{4-\frac{4x^2}{9}}}$
$\frac{-4x}{9\sqrt{36-4x^2}}$ Wrong
$\frac{-4x}{9\sqrt{4(9-x^2)}}$
$\frac{-4x}{9(2)\sqrt{9-x^2}}$
$\frac{-2x}{9\sqrt{9-x^2}}$

I just don't see how that 3 winds up in the denominator. I get a 9.

Thanks.

$\displaystyle \frac{-4x}{9\sqrt{4 - \frac{4x^2}{9}}} = \frac{-4x}{9\sqrt{\frac{36 - 4x^2}{9}}}$

$\displaystyle = \frac{-4x}{\frac{9\sqrt{36-4x^2}}{3}}$...

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• Feb 14th 2011, 07:18 PM
joatmon
Got it. Thanks.