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    Indeterminate?

    Find the values of x that makes (2x-1)/(x-5)(x+3) an indeterminate.

    Really confused. Please help.
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    What do you mean by "an indeterminate" here?

    Is it the function \frac{{2x - 1}}{{\left( {x - 5} \right)\left( {x + 3} \right)}} and are you looking where it isn't defined? Check for what values of x the denominator becomes 0.
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    Find the values of x that makes (2x-1)/(x-5)(x+3) an indeterminate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bethfor88
    Find the values of x that makes (2x-1)/(x-5)(x+3) an indeterminate.

    Really confused. Please help.
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    Hello,

    it's me again:

    Please look at College/University; Algebra. TD! has given an answer already.
    If this answer isn't sufficient, you have to explain in detail what kind of problem you like to solve.

    Greetings

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bethfor88
    Find the values of x that makes (2x-1)/(x-5)(x+3) an indeterminate.

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    Do you mean undefined? Undefined happens when you divide non-zero by zero, thus, (x-5)(x+3)=0 Thus, -3,5. Now indeterminate is when you divide zero by zero. But the problem is non of -3 or 5 make the numerator 2x-1 zero. Because, 2(5)-1\not = 0 and 2(-3)-1\not =0 thus, this fraction is never indeterminate. It is however undefined for -3,5 if that you were asking.
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    Bethfor88 Do not make duplicate threads
    Also post this question in the appropriate section, this has nothing to do with College/University Algebra.
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    As I was trying to show you, there's a difference between indeterminate and undefined, which ThePerfectHacker has explained now.

    I would like to add though that 0/0 isn't the only possible indeterminate form, there exist others mostly involving infinity and/or 0.
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