# dividing fractions

• Sep 12th 2007, 12:00 PM
dividing fractions
this is a fraction (x-2)^2 over 4x^2-16 divided by 21x over 3x+6 how do you divide it and make it into its lowest terms?
• Sep 12th 2007, 12:03 PM
Jhevon
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this is a fraction (x-2)^2 over 4x^2-16 divided by 21x over 3x+6 how do you divide it and make it into its lowest terms?

do you mean $\frac {\frac {(x - 2)^2}{4x^2 - 16}}{\frac {21x}{3x + 6}}$ ?
• Sep 12th 2007, 12:28 PM
i mean (x-2)^2 over 4x^2-16 (thats one fraction) divided by 21x over 3x+6(thats another fraction)
• Sep 12th 2007, 12:39 PM
Jhevon
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$\frac {\frac {(x - 2)^2}{4x^2 - 16}}{\frac {21x}{3x + 6}} = \frac {(x - 2)^2}{4x^2 - 16} \div \frac {21x}{3x + 6}$
$= \frac {(x - 2)^2}{4x^2 - 16} \cdot \frac {3x + 6}{21x}$
$= \frac {(x - 2)^2}{4 \left( x^2 - 4 \right)} \cdot \frac {3(x + 2)}{21x}$
$= \frac {(x - 2)^2}{4(x - 2)(x + 2)} \cdot \frac {3(x + 2)}{21x}$