# Thread: Practicing for an exam & needdd more helppp

1. ## Practicing for an exam & needdd more helppp

. Simplify the following rational expressions.

2 - 3

X -1 x+1

2x² + 7x +3

2x² - 7x - 4

2x + 5 + x + 1

x² + 6x + 9 x² - 9 x - 3

2. For most problems like this, you just have to combine like terms.

Originally Posted by Michelle Belford
. Simplify the following rational expressions.
2x² + 7x +3

2x² - 7x - 4
I'm assuming here you want to factor the expressions.

Note that the roots of $ax^2 + bx + c$, where a, b, and c are integers, must be factors of c divided by factors of a.

To factor, you have to use this knowledge to your advantage and try different factors. Recognize that $2x^2 + 7x + 3$ must factor to $(2x + p)(x + q)$, and we have that $2x^2 + 7x + 3 = 2x^2 + (p + 2q)x + pq$. So $p + 2q = 7$ and $pq = 3$. You should be able to see relatively quickly that p = 1 and q = 3, which gives you a factorization of $(2x + 1)(x + 3)$. Can you do the other factorization problem?