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Homework Help: Lost in a Problem

  1. Mar 21, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    What I have is 3x-8/x^2-5x+6+x+2

    2. Relevant equations Haven't come upon any as of yet...

    3. The attempt at a solution My attempt was solve for x, but as I was solving I tried doing each part differently and I came out with 1.5 as an answer. So here are my steps...

    3x-8: Don't know what happened, but my answer was -5.

    x^2-5x+6+x+2: Here is where more confusion arises... What I did was try and solve the x variables again; add x^2 to -5x, and my outcome was 5x+x^2, then I subtracted x from 5x+x^2 and the outcome was 5x+x^2-x, from there I ended up with -4.

    x^2-6x+8: Here I did basically the same as the second part and ended up with -2.

    .625, and -1.5 are my answers so far... And, I am lost now and in need of support.
  2. jcsd
  3. Mar 22, 2007 #2
    You need to state your problem better. You don't have an = sign, so there's nothing to solve.
  4. Mar 22, 2007 #3
    like christian said, you first need to restate your problem, so we would know what what to deal with. You cannot solve that equation unless ther is an "=" sign.
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