# Is my book making an algebra error?

1. Oct 27, 2012

### ozone

Not sure if this is a notation error or an algebra or if I am wrong , but my book presents a system of equations and I cannot get it into the form which it is presented

$\tau _b = \left(1 + \frac{\Phi _b}{c^2}\right)\text{ }\text{\Delta t}$

$\tau _a = \left(1 + \frac{\Phi _a}{c^2}\right)\text{ }\text{\Delta t}$

$\tau _b = \left(1 + \frac{\Phi _{b-}\Phi _a}{c^2}\right)\text{ }\tau _a$

Just wondering if I am missing something obvious here or if they are performing black magic. I tried subbing in for delta t and then doing long division but my answer was slightly different from their form.

2. Oct 27, 2012

### TSny

Could it be that they are making an approximation under the assumption that $\frac{\Phi_a}{c^2}$ is much smaller than 1?

3. Oct 27, 2012

### ozone

Ahh I suppose that you are probably right.. thank you.