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    partial fractions?

    Is it possible to split up

    \frac{5}{x+y}

    into partial fractions?
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    Not if you want to stick to Real Numbers. There must be something to factor in the denominator.

    Why do you ask?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DivideBy0 View Post
    Is it possible to split up

    \frac{5}{x+y}

    into partial fractions?
    As TKHunny says give us the real problem and we will see what we can do.

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    \frac{5}{x+y} = \frac{1}{x+y} + \frac{1}{x+y} + \frac{1}{x+y} + \frac{1}{x+y} + \frac{1}{x+y}? Just kidding
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    Sorry, I was just thinking to myself \frac{a}{0}=\frac{a}{1-1}, then use partial fractions, resolve the parts and get an answer.
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    I guess there's a reason for your name
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    Quote Originally Posted by DivideBy0 View Post
    Sorry, I was just thinking to myself \frac{a}{0}=\frac{a}{1-1}, then use partial fractions, resolve the parts and get an answer.
    Please do that in front of me, it makes me want to press the ban button. This is heresy! Against the Mathematical Scripture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DivideBy0 View Post
    Sorry, I was just thinking to myself \frac{a}{0}=\frac{a}{1-1}, then use partial fractions, resolve the parts and get an answer.
    It is not an impressive result to show:

    Nonsense = More Elaborate Nonsense

    It is an oft'-repeated demonstration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePerfectHacker View Post
    Please do that in front of me, it makes me want to press the ban button. This is heresy! Against the Mathematical Scripture.
    What are you a mathematical extremist or something?
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    What are you a mathematical extremist or something?
    All mathematicians are like that.
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