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    Please explain...proof

    Problem: Prove the following,

    $\displaystyle \frac{a}{b} + \frac{c}{d} = \frac{ad +bc}{bd}$ if b,d $\displaystyle \not=$ 0

    I'm sorry to say I analyze this utterly elementary proof to the point of being unable to move.

    Proof from book: $\displaystyle (ad + bc)/(bd) = (ad+bc)(bd)^{-1}$
    $\displaystyle (ad + bc)(bd)^{-1}$ by (iii) = $\displaystyle ab^{-1} + cd^{-1} = \frac {a}{d} + \frac{c}{d}$

    the book then cites the following proof as justification for the latter equivalence:

    (iii) = $\displaystyle (ab)^{-1} = a^{-1}b^{-1}$ if a,b \not= 0
    proof of (iii) from book, $\displaystyle ab(a^{-1}b^{-1}) = (a * a^{-1})(b * b^{-1}) = 1, so a^{-1} * b^{-1} = (ab)^{-1} $




    I get that $\displaystyle (a)^{-1} = \frac{1}{a}$
    I also understand that $\displaystyle bd(bd)^{-1} = 1$

    There is a continuity gap in my comprehension, educate me please.
    Last edited by Foxlion; Mar 11th 2011 at 07:20 PM.
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    $\displaystyle \displaystyle \frac{a}{b} \times \frac{d}{d}+ \frac{c}{d}\times \frac{b}{b}= \dots$
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    There is a continuity gap in my comprehension, educate me please.
    I am not sure which step of the proof from the book is not clear to you.
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