# help understanding simplification

• Feb 25th 2008, 04:11 PM
cowboys111
help understanding simplification
hi, i am having trouble understanding some simplification my book is using. They take [3x/(3x-2)] and turn it into 1+[2/(3x-2)], can someone please explain how they did that?
thank you
• Feb 25th 2008, 04:40 PM
topsquark
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Originally Posted by cowboys111
hi, i am having trouble understanding some simplification my book is using. They take [3x/(3x-2)] and turn it into 1+[2/(3x-2)], can someone please explain how they did that?
thank you

You can do a long division on it, or use a little trick:
$\frac{3x}{3x - 2} = \frac{3x - 2 + 2}{3x - 2} = \frac{3x - 2}{3x - 2} + \frac{2}{3x - 2}$

$= 1 + \frac{2}{3x - 2}$

Make sure you learn how to do the long division method as well.

-Dan
• Feb 25th 2008, 04:47 PM
cowboys111
awesome! thank you