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Need help with a simplification question

  1. Apr 10, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

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    2. Relevant equations

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    3. The attempt at a solution

    Basically i dont understand how (x+4) exponent of 3 disappeared in the simplfication.

    My attempts at solution were trying to expand the brackets and seeing if i could figure it out that way but i still couldn't.

    Could someone please look at the attached picture and explain to me how that simplication occured. Or if you can not do that could you please tell me which chapters of my book i must read in order to understand it (my book covers all chapters of mathematics, so just tell me the relevant mathemathic topics please)

    Greatly appreciated if someone could help us out.

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  3. Apr 10, 2007 #2


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    They factor (x + 4)2 out. Have you covered this:
    ab + ac = a(b + c)?
    If so, it goes like this:
    [tex]\frac{3(x - 3) (x + 4) ^ 2 - 2 (x + 4) ^ 3}{(x - 3) ^ 3}[/tex]
    [tex]= \frac{3(x - 3) (x + 4) ^ 2 - 2 (x + 4) ^ 2 (x + 4)}{(x - 3) ^ 3}[/tex]
    Now, we pull out the factor (x + 4)2, and arrive at:
    [tex]= \frac{(x + 4) ^ 2 \left[ 3(x - 3) - 2 (x + 4) \right]}{(x - 3) ^ 3}[/tex]
    Can you get it? :)
  4. Apr 10, 2007 #3

    thank you so much vietdao
    I can't believe the answer was so simple yet i was unable to see it
    You have cleared up my brain vietdao
    I have never factored numbers inside brackets before thats probably what my problem was.

    Anyway, thanks mate!.
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