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    ADY
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    A bit of light algebra...

    If i'm collecting like terms from this:

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

    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by ADY View Post
    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 .
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    Thanks chap.

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

    Thank you
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    Quote Originally Posted by ADY View Post
    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}
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