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    Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions

    Need help. I had this stuff the other day but seem to have forgotten and need review. Here's the problem...

    5 over 4xy + 5 over 12yz

    I think it's because it's three variables that I don't even know where to start. Most of my other problems like this have been trinomials with 1 or 2 variables.
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    Quote Originally Posted by complicated View Post
    Need help. I had this stuff the other day but seem to have forgotten and need review. Here's the problem...

    5 over 4xy + 5 over 12yz

    I think it's because it's three variables that I don't even know where to start. Most of my other problems like this have been trinomials with 1 or 2 variables.
    in general: \frac ab \pm \frac cd = \frac {ad \pm bc}{bd}

    here, think of a = 5,~b = 4xy,~c = 5, \text{ and } d = 12yz

    what can you come up with?


    or alternatively, you can begin by finding the LCD: 12xyz

    do you know how to continue from there?
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    So it'd end up being 60yz + 20xy over 48xyz?

    That's what I got following what you showed me, but I wasn't sure if there was any factoring involved with something like that. The steps my book uses seem a lot more complicated and talks about finding the least common denominator and such.
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    Quote Originally Posted by complicated View Post
    So it'd end up being 60yz + 20xy over 48xyz?

    That's what I got following what you showed me, but I wasn't sure if there was any factoring involved with something like that. The steps my book uses seem a lot more complicated and talks about finding the least common denominator and such.
    no, it would be 48xy^2z for the denominator. now, you can simplify this.

    for the other method, you don't have to simplify. but it is not as straight forward. you should know how to find LCDs anyway though
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    Quote Originally Posted by complicated View Post
    I had this stuff the other day but seem to have forgotten and need review.
    For additional review (including worked examples), try some online lessons on adding rational expressions (that is, adding polynomial fractions).
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