What do you do with two fractions whose denominators are relatively prime, e.g., 2/3 + 3/5?
I meant that you find the LCM of two relatively prime numbers by multiplying those numbers. With polynomials the situation is similar. The greatest common divisor of x + 2 and x is 1, i.e., x + 2 and x are relatively prime. Therefore, their LCM is their product. In other words, you multiply both the numerator and the denominator of the first fraction by x and similarly multiply both parts of the second fraction by x + 2. Then the denominators will be equal and you can add. In fact, you don't have to find the least common multiple to add fractions; it is enough to have some common multiple, e.g., the product of the two denominators.
Here you again can multiply the denominators. Note, however, that the denominators are not relatively prime: the first divides the second because 2 - 2b = (-2)(b - 1). Therefore, the LCM is 2 - 2b and it is enough to multiply both top and bottom of the first fraction by -2.
This is so annoying I just can't do this... look at this one.
Now what? What do I multiply the left and right hand sides by? The only thing they have in common is so I will multiply the left by and the right side by
Now the right hand side.
Finally we get as they now both have common multiples.
Then after the calculation we arrive at and after cancellation which I think is wrong
I'm not going to open another topic but this is just pathetic, as soon as a question is slightly different I can't do it, I'm trying to be so patient but this is just a **** take.
How can I not solve this? It looks so so so so simple...
It's the whole denominator thing that throws me off EVERY single time.
I'm going to guess that I should multiply both sides by the LCM which is 15.
now what?!
Why is this crap so difficult? Fractions in algebra is almost impossible.
The LCM of (x + 5) and 3 is not 15. Indeed, 15 is not divisible by (x + 5). The LCM is 3(x + 5), and that's by what you multiply both sides. Remember that you can always multiply both sides by the product of the denominators and not necessarily by their LCM. The worst thing you get is a fraction that can be reduced and/or larger expressions.
The two denominators are NOT 3 and 5, they are 3 and x+ 5. The LCM is 3(x+ 5).
You can't just pick numbers out of the algebraic expressions.
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So 3x= 2x+ 10. Can you solve that?
now what?!
Why is this crap so difficult? Fractions in algebra is almost impossible.
Rules of thumb here.
1) multiply both sides by the denominators
2) Add up the numerators
3) Factor everything in sight
4) Cancel out common factors.
So for your last problem:
Denominators: x + 5 and 3, so the common denominator is 3(x + 5). Multiply both sides by this.
Now cancel out the common denominators:
I'm sure you can finish from here.
-Dan
Whoops! Plato got there first.