2a/9*6/a^2 = 4/3a. I've played around with the figures but could never derive the answer in bold. How is it done?
Begin by removing the ambiguity on the LHS. What does it actually mean ?
Consider for example the expression 2*6/4*3.
Does this mean 12/4*3 = 3*3 = 9 ?
Or does it mean 12/12 = 1 ?
Remove the ambiguity with the use of brackets.
For example (2*6)/(4*3) = 12/12 = 1.
Operations within brackets are carried out first.
I assumed that he knew how to reduce...
What I don't get is how you could have problems with this sort of problem. This is some of the most basic algebraic fractions work I can think of. But I guess some people have more difficulty with it than others.
If you have any more troubles with this MathClown. Feel free to message me or just continue on in this thread.
Thanks for your help guys. I'm a complete math newbie. I do okay in other subjects, but basic math... ehhh.
Here's one fraction that needs simplifying. I have worked it out.
15a^2b^4c/10a^4b^2c^2 = 3a^2/2b^2c <----- this is my answer. The book's answer is 3b^2/2a^2c Why isn't it correct MY WAY? Also, why are you cancelling out a^4 by a^2 and b^4 by b^2? In the question, a^4 is the denominator and b^4 is the numerator -- why are they both equally being cancelled out? Does it not matter whether they are numerators or denominators... you just cancel out the higher exponent by the lower one, is that how it works?
Honestly, I'm not sure why this is. I can think of one way but it doesn't make sense in terms of mathematics.
I think maybe the fourth power of the a in the denominator cancels out the fourth power of the b in the numerator. That gets rid of those two terms...? Then the c on top cancels out the square on the c in the denominator. Divide by 5. This doesn't make any sense to me, but it is the only way that I can think of to get the "correct" answer. Are you sure that that is the correct answer?
As an example.
i.e is multiplied by itself 5 times.
In both cases three a's on the top line cancel with three a's on the bottom line. In the first case we are left with two a's on the top line, in the second case with two a's on the bottom line.
And BTW, the book answer is correct.
Dealing with the x^3/x^7 problem first, begin by seeing that the fraction can be written as which can be written in the expanded form
Now cancel an on the top line with an on the bottom line as many (three) times as you can. You are left with
It isn't necessary to write down all of these 's, simply subtract the smaller index (number) from the larger one. In this case there will be a surplus of 4 on the bottom line. Had the expression been a^7/a^3 the result would be a^4, since now there is a surplus of 4 on the top line.
Similarly, for example,
There could be more than one variable within the fraction. In this case simply deal with each variable separately.
So, with your book example there will be a surplus of two a'2 on the bottom line, two b'2 on the top line and one c on the bottom line.