# Math Help - Simplifying an expression

1. ## Simplifying an expression

Can you please answer this question because i am getting lost ...

$\frac{x-y}{xy} +\frac{x-z}{xz}-\frac{z-y}{yz}$

2. Originally Posted by mj.alawami

Can you please answer this question because i am getting lost ...

$\frac{x-y}{xy} +\frac{x-z}{xz}-\frac{z-y}{yz}$
xyz is the LCD ...

$\frac{z(x-y)}{xyz} +\frac{y(x-z)}{xyz}-\frac{x(z-y)}{xyz}$

now finish

3. You can also follow

$

=\frac{x}{xy} - \frac{y}{xy} + \frac{x}{xz} +\frac{-z}{xz} - \frac{z}{yz} - \frac{-y}{yz}
$

Now see if anything gets cancelled in

$
=\frac{1}{y} - \frac{1}{x} + \frac{1}{z} +\frac{-1}{x} - \frac{1}{y} - \frac{-1}{z}
$

One more thing its always better to ask different questions in different threads

4. Helli, mj.alawami!

$\frac{x-y}{xy} +\frac{x-z}{xz}-\frac{z-y}{yz}$

The LCD is $xyz$

We must "convert" each fraction so they all have the LCD.
. . We multiply each fraction by an appropriate fraction.

${\color{blue}\frac{z}{z}}\cdot\frac{x-y}{xy} + {\color{blue}\frac{y}{y}}\cdot\frac{x-z}{xz} - {\color{blue}\frac{x}{x}}\cdot\frac{z-y}{yz}$

. . $= \;\frac{z(x-y)}{xyz} + \frac{y(x-z)}{xyz} - \frac{x(z-y)}{xyz}$ .
They have the same denominator.

. . $= \;\frac{z(x-y) + y(x-z) - x(z-y)}{xyz}$ .
We can make one big fraction.

. . $= \;\frac{xz - yz + xy - yz - xz + xy}{xyz}$ .
Simplify the numerator, factor, and reduce.

. . $= \;\frac{2xy - 2yz}{xyz} \;=\;\frac{2{\color{red}\rlap{/}}y(x-z)}{x{\color{red}\rlap{/}}yz} \;=\;\frac{2(x-z)}{xz}$

5. Originally Posted by skeeter
xyz is the LCD ...

$\frac{z(x-y)}{xyz} +\frac{y(x-z)}{xyz}-\frac{x(z-y)}{xyz}$

now finish
Attempt: [Is this correct ]
$
\frac{-2zy+2xy}{xyz}=
\frac{y(-2z+2x)}{y(xz)}=
\frac{-2z+2x}{xz}
$

6. Originally Posted by mj.alawami
Attempt: [Is this correct ]
$
\frac{-2zy+2xy}{xyz}=
\frac{y(-2z+2x)}{y(xz)}=
\frac{-2z+2x}{xz}
$
look at Soroban's post ... is his final result the same as yours?