K.A.Stroud Maths revision question

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In summary, the conversation is about a question from the 6th edition of Engineering Mathematics, Programme F2 Intro to Algebra, where the person is struggling with a question in the revision exercise involving fractions. The solution involves finding a common denominator and simplifying the fractions, leading to the final answer of 1/12b*(12a-5). The person thanks the expert for clarifying and mentions that they are still getting used to using LaTeX.
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In 6th edition of Engineering Mathematics, Programme F2 Intro to Algebra, so far I get it all there, but I'm stumped on one question in the revision excercise, it goes like this:

((2a-3)/4b)+((3a+2)/6b)

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He then goes on to break down the answers in the back:

A) 2a/4b - 3/4b + 3a/6b +2/6b
then
B) a/2b - 3/4b + a/2b + 1/3b
then
C) a/b - 5/12b

and finally the answer is
D) 1/12b*(12a-5)

The Attempt at a Solution



I can see how the question is re-written the first time round, and then I get the second part where the first division block is divided by 2, the third by 3 and the 4th by 2. The second one can't be made smaller obviously.

But how he gets (a/b)-(5/12b) and then 1/12b*(12a-5) is above me at the moment, I know it's something really basic that I've missed. Can anyone clarify for me please?

Thanks
Deian
 
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In order to subtract the fractions a/b and 5/12b, you must have the same denominator. Since there is "b" in both denominators, that is not a problem. But there is "12" in one denominator that is not in the other. you "put" that in the other denominator, of course, by multiplying both numerator and denominator that fraction by 12: [tex]\frac{a}{b}= \frac{12a}{12b}[/tex]

Now the problem is [tex]\frac{a}{b}- \frac{5}{12b}[/tex][tex]= \frac{12a}{12b}- \frac{5}{12b}[/tex][tex]= \frac{12a- 5}{12b}[/tex]

That can be written as [tex]\frac{1}{12b}(12a- 5)[/tex]
 
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Hi,

Thanks for the quick reply. Thanks to you I now know how they get to the final answer from the final stage.

But, how do they get from the 2nd stage:

[tex]\frac{a}{2b}-\frac{3}{4b}+\frac{a}{2b}+\frac{1}{3b}[/tex]

to the 3rd, final stage:

[tex]\frac{a}{b}-\frac{5}{12b}[/tex]

I like this latex thing, bit long winded but i'll get the hang of it soon, didn't think to use it first time round.

Thanks again, knowing that will complete my day. :-)
 

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