# [SOLVED] Simplification of Algeraic Fractions

• Apr 15th 2009, 03:03 AM
waven
[SOLVED] Simplification of Algeraic Fractions
Q. Simplify the following:

$\frac {a^2 + b^2 + 2ab}{a + b}$
had a look at the answer and is $a + b$
i've tried all the methods that i could think of but still couldn't get the answer
if anyone can show me the full working out that would be a great help, thanks
• Apr 15th 2009, 03:13 AM
e^(i*pi)
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Originally Posted by waven
Q. Simplify the following:

$\frac {a^2 + b^2 + 2ab}{a + b}$
had a look at the answer and is $a + b$
i've tried all the methods that i could think of but still couldn't get the answer
if anyone can show me the full working out that would be a great help, thanks

You can factor a^2+2ab+b^2

$a^2+b^2+2ab = (a+b)^2$