1. ## fractions with powers

How does $1-\frac{1}{3^{k-1}}+\frac{2}{3^k}=1- \frac{1}{3^k}$?
I tried putting it over a common denominator and got $1-\frac{3^k+6^{k-1}}{3^{k-1} \cdot 3^k}$

2. ## Re: fractions with powers

Originally Posted by Jskid
How does $1-\frac{1}{3^{k-1}}+\frac{2}{3^k}=1- \frac{1}{3^k}$?
I tried putting it over a common denominator and got $1-\frac{3^k+6^{k-1}}{3^{k-1} \cdot 3^k}$
$1-\frac{1}{3^{k-1}}+\frac{2}{3^k}=1-\frac{1}{3^{k-1}}+\frac{2}{3\cdot 3^{k-1}}=1-\left(\frac{1}{3^{k-1}}-\frac{2}{3\cdot 3^{k-1}}\right)=$

$=1-\left(\frac{3-2}{3\cdot 3^{k-1}}\right)=1-\frac{1}{3^k}$

3. ## Re: fractions with powers

Hello, Jskid!

A slightly different approach . . .

$\text{How does }\,1-\frac{1}{3^{k-1}}+\frac{2}{3^k}\:=\:1- \frac{1}{3^k}\:?$

Consider the two fractions: . $- \frac{1}{3^{k-1}} + \frac{2}{3^k}$

Multiply the first fraction by $\tfrac{3}{3}\!:\;\;-\frac{1}{3^{k-1}}\cdot\frac{3}{3}\;+\;\frac{2}{3^k}$

Then we have: . $-\frac{3}{3^k} + \frac{2}{3^k} \;=\;\frac{-3 + 2}{3^k} \;=\;-\frac{1}{3^k}$