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    Quick simplification help

    So I have this compound fraction that I know the answer to but can't replicate it myself.

    X + 1 - 6/x

    The answer I have is:

    (X^2 + X -6) / (x)

    Can someone please give me some direction as to how they got this answer?
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    Is this your fraction (x+1)-(6/x) (I really wish I knew how to use the Latex)


    If that is it you have (x+1)/1 which you need a common denominator for, thus multiply the top and bottom by x, so on top you have; x(x+1) which you can distribute, so its (x^2+x) then put that over x.

    so now

    ((x^2+x)/x)-(6/x)

    combine the tops and keep the bottoms the same so you have the fraction that is in your answer
    Last edited by IDontunderstand; November 10th 2008 at 01:29 PM. Reason: fix sign mistake
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    X + 1 - 6/x


    Your close. The problem is all on one line and the only fraction is the 6/X, However, that X in the denominator is only with the -6, not the X+1.
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