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    a, b, c, and d are real numbers and a > c, b> d, a/b = c/d = r
    Prove that a-c / b-d = r
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    Quote Originally Posted by jenjen View Post
    plz help

    a, b, c, and d are real numbers and a > c, b> d, a/b = c/d = r
    Prove that a-c / b-d = r
    Please use parenthesis. What you wrote is
    a - \frac{c}{b} - d

    To write it as you intended write (a - c)/(b - d) = r.

    \frac{a}{b} = r means that a = br

    \frac{c}{d} = r means that c = dr

    So
    \frac{a - c}{b - d} = \frac{br - dr}{b - d} = \frac{r(b - d)}{b - d} = r

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    Hello, jenjen!

    What have you tried?
    . . It's fairly straight-forward.


    a,\,b,\,c,\,d are real numbers, and: . a > c,\;\;b> d,\;\;\frac{a}{b}\,=\,\frac{c}{d}\,= \,r

    Prove that: . \frac{a-c}{b-d}\:=\:r
    From \frac{a}{b} \:=\:r, we have: . a \:=\:br .[1]

    From \frac{c}{d} \:=\:r, we have: . c \:=\:dr .[2]


    Subtract [2] from [1]: . a - c \:=\:br - dr\quad\Rightarrow\quad a-c\:=\:(b-d)r


    Therefore: . \frac{a - c}{b-d} \:=\:r

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    To Topsquark:

    Hi, thank you so much Topsquark. You save my life!


    To Soroban: I agreed with you. It is straightforward but then sometimes I can't see through simple problems. I often make math problems more complicated than it is and fool myself.
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