Multiplying a fraction

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Okay, I think I have it now: (x2 + 2x + 1)/(18cw3) times (12c3w)/(x2-1) = (x+1)2(12c3w)/(18cw2)(x+1)(x-1) Cancel the (x+1) = (12c3w)(x+1)/(18cw2)(x-1) Cancel the c and w = (12c2)(x+1)/(18w)(x-1) divided by 3 (numerator and denominator) = (4c2)(x+1)/(6w)(x-1) divided by 2 (numerator and denominator) = (2c2)(x+1)/(3w)(x-1) Answer
Enclose the entire denominator in parentheses.
(2c2)(x+1)/((3w)(x-1)) .
 
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Okay, I think I have it now: (x2 + 2x + 1)/(18cw3) times (12c3w)/(x2-1) = (x+1)2(12c3w)/(18cw2)(x+1)(x-1) Cancel the (x+1) = (12c3w)(x+1)/(18cw2)(x-1) Cancel the c and w = (12c2)(x+1)/(18w)(x-1) divided by 3 (numerator and denominator) = (4c2)(x+1)/(6w)(x-1) divided by 2 (numerator and denominator) = (2c2)(x+1)/(3w)(x-1) Answer
You could've reached the last step by recognizing that 6 is the GCF for the numerator and denominator.
 

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