# Homework Help: Help simplifying a rational expression?

1. Oct 8, 2012

### Jay9313

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

$\frac{x^2}{(x^2 -1)}$

2. Relevant equations

N/A

3. The attempt at a solution
I know the solution is supposed to be 1+$\frac{1}{2(x-1)}$-$\frac{1}{2(x+1)}$ and when I did long division, I got 1+$\frac{1}{(x^2-1)}$ , so I'm making progress, but I'm not quite there. What should I try for my next step?

2. Oct 8, 2012

### SammyS

Staff Emeritus
The next step is to use partial fractions.

Are you familiar with them?

3. Oct 8, 2012

### Jay9313

Yeah, we just did those a few weeks ago.. Thank you so much!