# Quick help needed, simplifying fractions wtih unknowns

• June 2nd 2008, 01:52 AM
whitelockben
Quick help needed, simplifying fractions wtih unknowns
could you please tell me how to simplify

3x2(squared)+x-2
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9x2(squared)-4

the x(squared) is x to the power of 2
• June 2nd 2008, 02:15 AM
Isomorphism
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Originally Posted by whitelockben
could you please tell me how to simplify

3x2(squared)+x-2
------------------
9x2(squared)-4

the x(squared) is x to the power of 2

$\frac{3x^2 + x - 2}{9x^2 - 4} = \frac{(3x - 2)(x+1)}{(3x - 2)(3x+2)} = \frac{x+1}{3x+2}$