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I am stuck on a specific part of an equation, the equation is as follows;

Simplify (x^1/2 +1) (x^2 - x -2) (x -2)^-1

I am basically stuck on the last part (x -2)^-1, how would I go about simplifying this.

Help would be appriciated

Dominic

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I am stuck on a specific part of an equation, the equation is as follows;

Simplify (x^1/2 +1) (x^2 - x -2) (x -2)^-1

I am basically stuck on the last part (x -2)^-1, how would I go about simplifying this.

Help would be appriciated

Dominic

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phyzguy

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Try factoring the (x^2-x-2) term.

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X/(2+1) * (x^2 - x -2) * 1/(x-2)

Factor this ^

x/3 * (x+1) * (x-2) * 1/(x-2)

You can then cancel out the x-2, and you're left with

(x/3) * (x+1) * 1

(x^2 + x) / 3

That's as simple as I could get it.

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This is NOT an equation. An equation always has an = symbol.Hi,

I am stuck on a specific part of an equation, the equation is as follows;

Simplify (x^1/2 +1) (x^2 - x -2) (x -2)^-1

You need a pair of parentheses around the exponent. I believe you mean x^(1/2). Omitting the parentheses has confused one of the people responding to this thread.

I think that what you're asking about is this:

[tex](\sqrt{x} + 1)\frac{x^2 - x - 2}{x - 2}[/tex]

As already suggested, factor the x

I am basically stuck on the last part (x -2)^-1, how would I go about simplifying this.

Help would be appriciated

Dominic

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Thanks for the help,This is NOT an equation. An equation always has an = symbol.

You need a pair of parentheses around the exponent. I believe you mean x^(1/2). Omitting the parentheses has confused one of the people responding to this thread.

I think that what you're asking about is this:

[tex](\sqrt{x} + 1)\frac{x^2 - x - 2}{x - 2}[/tex]

As already suggested, factor the x^{2}- x - 2 expression.

Dominic

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Thanks

X/(2+1) * (x^2 - x -2) * 1/(x-2)

Factor this ^

x/3 * (x+1) * (x-2) * 1/(x-2)

You can then cancel out the x-2, and you're left with

(x/3) * (x+1) * 1

(x^2 + x) / 3

That's as simple as I could get it.

Very helpful

Dominic

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