# Math Help - Simplify an expression.

1. ## Simplify an expression.

16-64x(squared) / 8x-4

2. ## Re: Please help me simplify this expressionn please?

Originally Posted by trishakatz
16-64x(squared) / 8x-4
$\frac{16-64x^2}{8x-4}=-\frac{64x^2-16}{8x-4}=-\frac{(8x-4)(8x+4)}{(8x-4)}$

3. ## Re: Please help me simplify this expressionn please?

The first thing I would have done is factor out common numerical factors: 16 divides both 16 and 64: $16-64x^2= 16(1- 4x^2)$ and 4 divides both 8 and 4: $8x- 4= 4(2x- 1)$ so the fraction becomes $\frac{16- 64x^2}{8x-4}= \frac{16(1-4x^2)}{4(2x-1)}= 4\frac{1- 4x^2}{2x- 1}= 4\frac{(1- 2x)(1+2x)}{2x-1}$