1. ## Rational Expression Help

Im having trouble with a problem off a review... Ill try to my best abilities to write it out

Solve.

3 OVER x^2 - 6x + 9

PLUS

x - 2 OVER 3x - 9

SET EQUAL TO

x OVER 2x - 6

First I factor out all the denominators. Get the LCD then multiply it to each individual term to get rid of my fractions..

But this is where I have a problem. I dont understand what the LCD should be. Should it be 6(x-3)(x-3)?

2. Is this the equation?

$\displaystyle \displaystyle \frac{3}{x^2-6x+9}+\frac{x-2}{3x-9}= \frac{2}{2x-6}$

3. So you are trying to solve for $\displaystyle \displaystyle x$ in the equation

$\displaystyle \displaystyle \frac{3}{x^2 - 6x + 9} + \frac{x-2}{3x - 9} = \frac{x}{2x-6}$.

For starters, factor all the denominators

$\displaystyle \displaystyle \frac{3}{(x - 3)^2} + \frac{x - 2}{3(x - 3)} = \frac{x}{2(x - 3)}$.

Now get a common denominator for both sides, and yes, you are correct that the lowest common denominator is $\displaystyle \displaystyle 6(x - 3)^2$.

4. ok.. I multiply 6(x-3)^2 to each section and I get..

18 + 2x-6 = 3x -9

then i try and solve for x and get 21... which isnt the write answer according to this answer sheet

5. Originally Posted by gurrry
ok.. I multiply 6(x-3)^2 to each section and I get..

18 + 2x-6 = 3x -9

then i try and solve for x and get 21... which isnt the write answer according to this answer sheet
OK, for starters, don't jump to multiplying by the common denominator. I ALWAYS write the fractions with their common denominators first, it is clearer and reduces mistakes.

So $\displaystyle \displaystyle \frac{6\cdot 3}{6(x - 3)^2} + \frac{2(x - 3)(x - 2)}{6(x - 3)^2} = \frac{3x(x - 3)}{6(x - 3)^2}$

$\displaystyle \displaystyle \frac{18}{6(x - 3)^2} + \frac{2x^2 - 10x + 12}{6(x - 3)^2} = \frac{3x^2 - 9x}{6(x- 3)^2}$

$\displaystyle \displaystyle \frac{2x^2 - 10x + 30}{6(x - 3)^2} = \frac{3x^2 - 9x}{6(x - 3)^2}$

$\displaystyle \displaystyle 2x^2 - 10x + 30 = 3x^2 - 9x$.

6. Originally Posted by Prove It
OK, for starters, don't jump to multiplying by the common denominator. I ALWAYS write the fractions with their common denominators first, it is clearer and reduces mistakes.

So $\displaystyle \displaystyle \frac{6\cdot 3}{6(x - 3)^2} + \frac{2(x - 3)(x - 2)}{6(x - 3)^2} = \frac{3x(x - 3)}{6(x - 3)^2}$

$\displaystyle \displaystyle \frac{18}{6(x - 3)^2} + \frac{2x^2 - 10x + 12}{6(x - 3)^2} = \frac{3x^2 - 9x}{6(x- 3)^2}$

$\displaystyle \displaystyle \frac{2x^2 - 10x + 30}{6(x - 3)^2} = \frac{3x^2 - 9x}{6(x - 3)^2}$

$\displaystyle \displaystyle 2x^2 - 10x + 30 = 3x^2 - 9x$.