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    Solving for variable in expression

    Hi,

    I have the following expression:

    [LaTeX ERROR: Convert failed]

    I need to solve for [LaTeX ERROR: Convert failed]

    If you multiply the whole expression by: [LaTeX ERROR: Convert failed]
    That part just disappears?

    Maybe it's easier to just cancel out the (R_t +R_L) parts?
    So you have [LaTeX ERROR: Convert failed]
    but then what?

    //Jones
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jones View Post
    [LaTeX ERROR: Convert failed]

    I need to solve for [LaTeX ERROR: Convert failed]

    If you multiply the whole expression by: [LaTeX ERROR: Convert failed]
    That part just disappears?
    By multiplying on both sides, the denominator "cancels" on the left-hand side; anything times zero is just zero, so that's why nothing changes on the right-hand side.

    You have:

    V^2(R_t\, +\,R_L)^2 \,-\,2V^2R_L(R_t \,+\, R_L)\, =\, 0

    You can also divide through by V^2:

    (R_t\, +\,R_L)^2 \,-\,2R_L(R_t \,+\, R_L)\, =\, 0

    Then square things out:

    R_t^2\,+\,2R_t R_L\,+\,R_L^2\,-\,2 R_L R_t \,-\,2 R_L^2\,=\,0

    0\, =\, R_L^2\, -\, R_t^2

    0\, =\, (R_L\, -\, R_t)(R_L\, +\, R_t)

    Then complete the solution for R_L in terms of R_t.
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    More fundamentally, the only way a fraction can be equal to 0 is if the numerator is 0- it doesn't matter what the denominator is: \frac{p}{q}= 0 if and only if p= 0. As far as the (R_t+ R_L) in the numerator is concerned, the fraction is only defined if it is not 0. In that case it doesn't matter whether you cancel before multiplying both sides by the denominator or not.
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