I feel really stupid asking this question, but im trying to help a friend do this problem, yet I dont know how to do it. I am sure it is something easy, and maybe if I saw it, it would click, but right now, im stumped.
solve for m
first, I tried splitting them up, like so:
Exactly, you can split when the numerator is a sum. This because taking the GCD of the two new denominators and joining back the fractions lead you to the same place you started.
However, this is not true with denominators. There's the Partial Fractions method to deal with them, but you usually don't need them in this context.