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How do I simplify this?

  1. Feb 13, 2005 #1
    [tex]\frac {x+2} {x-1} \frac \frac {4x+1} {x-1}[/tex]

    Would using the bowtie method work? Cross multiply and then subtract the two answers found from each other, and put that result over the multiplaction of the two denominators. ?

    EDIT: I messed up the Latex thing. THe 4x-1 and the x-1 are supposed to be a fraction under the x+2/x-1
     
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  3. Feb 14, 2005 #2

    HallsofIvy

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    So you mean

    [tex]\frac{\frac{x+2}{x-1}}\frac{4x+1}{x-1}}[/tex]
    ?

    You learned how to divide fractions in the fourth grade: invert the denominator and multiply. This is:
    [tex]\frac{x+2}{x-1}*\frac{x-1}{4x+1}[/tex]

    Can you reduce that?
     
  4. Feb 15, 2005 #3
    Agreed. Dividing is the same as multiplying by the reciprocal. So when you do this the [tex] x - 1[/tex]'s cancel out.
     
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