# Thread: A bit of light algebra...

1. ## A bit of light algebra...

If i'm collecting like terms from this:

[HTML] 12 - 2p p
________ - _________
3 3
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How would i go about it?

Thanks

If i'm collecting like terms from this:

[html] 12 - 2p p
________ - _________
3 3
[/html]How would i go about it?

Thanks
Could you please try and rewrite this problem using LaTeX?

EDIT: Nevermind, you wrote it more legibly.

$\frac{1}{3} \left( 12 - 2p - p \right)$

$\frac{1}{3}$ seems to be the only common factor there.

And then you could simplify that if you like. This problem can be simplified to $4 - p$.

3. Thanks chap.

Apologises, could you explain with a little detail as to how you got that?

Thank you

To $4 - p$ ?
$\frac{12-2p}{3} - \frac{p}{3} \rightarrow \frac{12 - 2p - p}{3} \rightarrow \frac{12 - 3p}{3} \rightarrow \frac{4 - p}{1}$