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    Difference of Squares

    How do I show that \frac{(x+\frac{1}{x})^6 - (x^6+\frac{1}{x^6}) -2}{(x+\frac{1}{x})^3+(x^3+\frac{1}{x^3})}

    equals

    (x+\frac{1}{x})^3-(x^3+\frac{1}{x^3})

    and then how that equals

    3(x+\frac{1}{x})

    Thanks!
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    Hello, RubyRed!

    How do I show that: . \frac{\left(x+\dfrac{1}{x}\right)^6 - \left(x^6+\dfrac{1}{x^6}\right) -2}{\left(x+\dfrac{1}{x}\right)^3+\left(x^3+\dfrac{  1}{x^3}\right)} \;\;=\;\;\left(x+\frac{1}{x}\right)^3-\left(x^3+\frac{1}{x^3}\right)

    and then how that equals: . 3\left(x+\frac{1}{x}\right)

    The numerator is: . \left(x + \frac{1}{x}\right)^6 - \left(x^6 + 2 + \frac{1}{x^6}\right) \;=\;\left(x + \frac{1}{x}\right)^6 - \left(x^3 + \frac{1}{x^3}\right)^2

    . . . . = \;\bigg[\left(x + \frac{1}{x}\right)^3\bigg]^2 - \left[x^3 + \frac{1}{x^3}\right]^2 . . . a difference of squares

    which factors: . \bigg[\left(x + \frac{1}{x^3}\right)^3 - \left(x^3 + \frac{1}{x^3}\right)\bigg]\cdot \bigg[\left(x + \frac{1}{x}\right)^3 + \left(x^3 + \frac{1}{x^3}\right)\bigg]



    The fraction becomes: . \frac{ \bigg[\left(x + \frac{1}{x^3}\right)^3 - \left(x^3 + \frac{1}{x^3}\right)\bigg]\cdot \bigg[\left(x + \frac{1}{x}\right)^3 + \left(x^3 + \frac{1}{x^3}\right)\bigg] }<br />
{\bigg[\left(x+\frac{1}{x}\right)^3 + \left(x^3 + \frac{1}{x^3}\right)\bigg]}

    . . which reduces to: . \boxed{\left(x+\frac{1}{x}\right)^3 - \left(x^3 + \frac{1}{x^3}\right)}




    Expand the cube: . \left(x^3 + 3x + \frac{3}{x} + \frac{1}{x^3}\right) - \left(x^3 + \frac{1}{x^3}\right)

    . . . =\;\;x^3 + 3x + \frac{3}{x} + \frac{1}{x^3} - x^3 - \frac{1}{x^3} \;\;=\;\;3x + \frac{3}{x} \;\;=\;\;\boxed{3\left(x + \frac{1}{x}\right)}

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