# understanding how this simplifies

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• November 13th 2012, 11:11 PM
kingsolomonsgrave
understanding how this simplifies
Attachment 25706

I keep gettingAttachment 25707 because I multiply $2x$ by $x^2$
• November 13th 2012, 11:19 PM
MarkFL
Re: understanding how this simplifies
What is $x^2\cdot\frac{1}{x^2}$?
• November 13th 2012, 11:40 PM
kingsolomonsgrave
Re: understanding how this simplifies
$x^2*1/x^2=x^2/x^2=1$ but what about when you multiply $x^2$ by $2x$?
• November 13th 2012, 11:51 PM
MarkFL
Re: understanding how this simplifies
The factor $x^2$ only applies to the first term in the numerator.
• November 14th 2012, 10:19 AM
kingsolomonsgrave
Re: understanding how this simplifies
of course! Sometimes sleep is needed to see the obvious. thanks!