1. ## Simplifying

Hello,

Not sure if I've simplified this as far as I can - pretty sure I can go further, just not sure what I should be doing (factoring, distributive)

Equation is (z + 1)^2 (3xy^2)^3 / (9y^2)^(1/2) x^(-3) (z+1)^(-1)

I've simplified it to...

(z^2 + 1) (27x^3y^6) / 3y (1/x^3) (1/z+1)

What should I be looking at next? Finding a common factor between both numerator and denominator (I can see three, along with each of the variables). I'd assume before I can factor out though, I should be expanding the brackets further - is that possible at this stage, and if so, how do I go about doing the denominator.

As you can see, I'm pretty lost as to what I should be doing next, so any tips would be great!

2. ## Re: Simplifying

Originally Posted by astuart
Hello,

Not sure if I've simplified this as far as I can - pretty sure I can go further, just not sure what I should be doing (factoring, distributive)

Equation is (z + 1)^2 (3xy^2)^3 / (9y^2)^(1/2) x^(-3) (z+1)^(-1)

I've simplified it to...

(z^2 + 1) (27x^3y^6) / 3y (1/x^3) (1/z+1)

What should I be looking at next? Finding a common factor between both numerator and denominator (I can see three, along with each of the variables). I'd assume before I can factor out though, I should be expanding the brackets further - is that possible at this stage, and if so, how do I go about doing the denominator.

As you can see, I'm pretty lost as to what I should be doing next, so any tips would be great!
\displaystyle \displaystyle \begin{align*} (z + 1)^2 \neq z^2 + 1 \end{align*}...

3. ## Re: Simplifying

Originally Posted by Prove It
\displaystyle \displaystyle \begin{align*} (z + 1)^2 \neq z^2 + 1 \end{align*}...
Gah, )z+1)^2 would equal z^2 + 2z + 1 or something along those lines, right?

I think i'll tackle this in the morning, not at 1 in the morning.

4. ## Re: Simplifying

Also \displaystyle \displaystyle \begin{align*} (z + 1)^{-1} \neq \frac{1}{z} + 1 \end{align*}, it's \displaystyle \displaystyle \begin{align*} \frac{1}{z + 1} \end{align*}

5. ## Re: Simplifying

Originally Posted by Prove It
Also \displaystyle \displaystyle \begin{align*} (z + 1)^{-1} \neq \frac{1}{z} + 1 \end{align*}, it's \displaystyle \displaystyle \begin{align*} \frac{1}{z + 1} \end{align*}
Right, I thought that was the case, but I just wasn't sure how to use the equation tags properly.

So I have...
$\displaystyle (z^2+2z+1) (9x^3y^6) / (3y)(1/x^3)(1/Z+1)$

Not sure if I an simplify between the numerator and denominator. There's a common factor of three there. Can I cancel out the z and the x? I didn't think I could because the z and the x are underneath a fraction (As in underneath a 1).