# Thread: [SOLVED] Simplification of Algeraic Fractions

1. ## [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

2. 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

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