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Homework Help: Can u simplify this further? (25-x) / (-25-x)

  1. Mar 8, 2005 #1
    can u simplify this further?
    (25-x) / (-25-x)

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  3. Mar 8, 2005 #2
    It is subtracting, therefor it would need to be a multiple of, in order to be able to simplify. If the both the top and bottom were multiplying(1 term in each denominator and numberator) then yes, you would be able to simplify.

    Bottom line, no, when more than one term, it has to be perfect in order to simplify.
  4. Mar 8, 2005 #3
    ok thanks.
  5. Mar 8, 2005 #4


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    IF the problem were (25-x)/(x-25) then it would be -(x-25)/(x-25)= -1.
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