# How do you simplify this?

In my textbook it simplifies (208 − 18y)/7 to (29-2y) + (5-4y)/7
How does this happen?

In my textbook it simplifies (208 − 18y)/7 to (29-2y) + (5-4y)/7
How does this happen?

$29-2y+\frac{5-4y}{7}=\frac{7\cdot 29 - 7\cdot 2y + 5 - 4y}{7} = \frac{208-18y}{7}$

DonAntonio

Yes I know that, I also tried it in reverse. But how can it be done without doing it in reverse.

Yes I know that, I also tried it in reverse. But how can it be done without doing it in reverse.

Errr...$208 = 29\cdot 7 + 5\,,\,\,and\,\,18 = 7\cdot 2 + 4$...what else?!

DonAntonio

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