There would be no point in trying to explain to a "complete and utter dunce". I would prefer to assume an intelligent person who has little background in algebra.

I presume you know that (as long as ).--

Simplify the rational expression:

95 x^{2}y35 xy

95= 5(19) and 35= 5(7) is

so

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Factor out the coefficients ofx on the numerator and denominator of the rational expression:

2 − x5 x− 10

Okay, the "coefficient of x" in the numerator is -1 and 2= (-1)(-2). 2- x= -2(-1)+ x(-1)= -1(-2+ x)= -1(x- 2). The coefficient of x in the denominator 5: 5x- 10= 5(x-2). So, as long as x is not 2, we cancel the "x- 2" in numerator and denominator. That is which could also be written as .

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Simplify the rational expression:Start by trying to factor. 18= 2(3)(3) can be factored with two factors as either 2(9) or 6(3). 9- 2= 7, not 3 but 6- 3= 3. So ) can be factored with two factors are 3(9) and 9+ 3= 12! So . So the fraction is . Now you can cancel the two "t- 3" terms.

t^{2}+ 3t− 18t^{2}− 12t+ 27

The denominator is (x- 2)+ 5= x+ 3 which has no factors in common with x- 2. So we cannot cancel anything and only have

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Simplify the rational expression.

( x− 2)8( x− 2) + 5

as the simplest form.

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These were the ones I was having the most trouble on. I'm not asking you to do all of them for me (though feel free if you want), I just need to have it slowly explained how.