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    Quick assistance needed for simplifying a rational equation

    I'm apparently in Math 125 and dealing with Rational functions, I already hit a brick wall. Here's the picture I attached of the problem I'm trying to simplify along with the answer that was wrong. Maybe there is something I missed?

    I basically multiplied the two denominators to each side along with the numerators, did all the distributing, and combined like terms to get my simplified version.

    It's been a long time. Any help would be appreciated.
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    Re: Quick assistance needed for simplifying a rational equation

    Quote Originally Posted by JacobD94 View Post
    I basically multiplied the two denominators to each side along with the numerators, did all the distributing, and combined like terms to get my simplified version.

    Notice that x^2+6x+8=(x+4)(x+2)

    so when adding we get \frac{4+6(x+4)}{x^2+6x+8}
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    Re: Quick assistance needed for simplifying a rational equation

    Thanks! It's been a while, that means I'll have to review polynomial rules.
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