My preference and then cancel the obvious common factor.
Thats another good way. I personally prefer to deal exclusively with fractions, I seem to see things quicker. And whenever I have to convert between fractions and crazy roots, I have to stop and think about it...
Of course, Jhevon helped me out with that one. (the power is a flower and the roots go underground)
thx for all your help.
it seems when i looked at angel.white's reply i understood immediately.
my wife, on the other hand, chose to do it like mr fantastic which took me about a minute to fully understand.