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  1. #1
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    Algebra

    Ok any ideas on a quick way of cancelling expressions like this?

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\frac{{2\sqrt {5x - 1}  - \frac{{5(2x + 7)}}<br />
{{2\sqrt {5x - 1} }}}}<br />
{{(5x - 1)}}<br />

    I'm just getting a bit lost..
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  2. #2
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    Multiply the expression by \frac{\sqrt{5x-1}}{\sqrt{5x-1}}. See where that gets you
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    This right..?

    <br />
\frac{{\frac{{2\sqrt {5x - 1} }}<br />
{1} - \frac{{5(2x + 7)}}<br />
{{2\sqrt {5x - 1} }}}}<br />
{{(5x - 1)}}<br />

    <br />
\begin{gathered}<br />
  \frac{{\frac{{2\sqrt {5x - 1} (2\sqrt {5x - 1} )}}<br />
{{2\sqrt {5x - 1} }} - \frac{{(1)5(2x + 7)}}<br />
{{2\sqrt {5x - 1} }}}}<br />
{{(5x - 1)}} \hfill \\<br />
   \hfill \\<br />
  \frac{{\frac{{5x - 20 - 7x + 7 - 10x - 7}}<br />
{{2\sqrt {5x - 1} }}}}<br />
{{5x - 1}} \hfill \\ <br />
\end{gathered} <br />

    <br />
\frac{{\frac{{ - 12x - 20}}<br />
{{2\sqrt {5x - 1} }}}}<br />
{{5x - 1}}<br />

    Also at this stage I have read conflicting Ideas...

    Is a/b/c = c * a / b
    OR
    a/b/c = a / b*c

    How do you know which one to choose..??

    .......
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    Can anyone help?..
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