i havent taken an algebra class for sometime and im curious...how do i approach at simplifying the following denominator

3/(4x²+5x+1) so i can perform partial fraction integration

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- Feb 25th 2011, 05:19 PMmaybnxtseasnsimplifying help
i havent taken an algebra class for sometime and im curious...how do i approach at simplifying the following denominator

3/(4x²+5x+1) so i can perform partial fraction integration - Feb 25th 2011, 05:29 PMSudharaka
- Feb 25th 2011, 08:06 PMmaybnxtseasn
thanks but im curious as to the steps u use to simplify this?

- Feb 25th 2011, 08:15 PMNOX Andrew
Are you asking how he knew ? If so, one method is as follows:

The product of the coefficients of the first and last terms is .

and are factors of (the product from the previous step) and sum to (the coefficient of the middle term). So, write the middle term, , as : .

Then, group each pair of terms together: .

Perform any factoring on each group of terms: .

Now, factor : . - Feb 26th 2011, 04:02 AMHallsofIvy
Another way to do that (but much more complicated that just factoring directly) is to solve the equation - not by factoring, of course, but by the quadratic formula:

[tex]x= \frac{-5\pm\sqrt{5^2- 4(4)(1)}}{2(4)}= \frac{-5\pm\sqrt{25- 16}}{8}= \frac{-5\pm\sqrt{9}}{8}= \frac{-5\pm3}{8}[tex]

so that and

Now, we can say that [tex]4x^2+ 5x+ 1= 4(x+ \frac{1}{4})(x- 1)= (4x+ 1)(x- 1)[/quote]

(I put the "4" in front to make t he leading coefficient 4.)

That is, as I said, the**hard way**! - Feb 26th 2011, 06:06 PMSudharaka
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