# Math Help - Equivalent terms

1. ## Equivalent terms

For some strange reason I don't know how these equal each other;

u^2/ u^2-4 = 1+ 4/ u^2-4

help?

2. Originally Posted by klooless
For some strange reason I don't know how these equal each other;

u^2/ u^2-4 = 1+ 4/ u^2-4

help?
$\frac{u^2}{u^2-4} = 1 + \frac{4}{u^2 - 4}$

Multiply both sides by ${u^2 - 4}$
Gives
$u^2 = u^2 - 4 + 4$

Your brackets may have caused some confusion, perhaps...

3. Most likely, yes. but what step is taken to get from the left to the right side?

4. $\frac{u^2}{u^2-4} = \frac{u^2-4+4}{u^2-4} = \frac{u^2-4}{u^2-4} + \frac{4}{u^2-4} = 1 + \frac{4}{u^2-4}$