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Homework Help: Partial Fraction Decomposition

  1. Feb 11, 2014 #1
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    I'm not completely sure if I'm using the correct method to solve this. Since the degrees of the numerator and denominator are the same, wouldn't you divide the denominator into the numerator? Here is the answer I got:

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  3. Feb 11, 2014 #2

    Ray Vickson

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    ##t^4+9t^2 = t^2(t^2+9)##.
  4. Feb 11, 2014 #3
    Thanks! I was worried that I had done it incorrectly, I'm pretty rusty with division with polynomials.
  5. Feb 11, 2014 #4


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    You did do it incorrectly.
    $$1+\frac{9}{t^4+9t^2} = \frac{(t^4+9t^2)+9}{t^4+9t^2} \ne \frac{t^4+9}{t^4+9t^2}$$ You can avoid doing long division by noting that ##t^4+9 = t^4+9t^2-9t^2+9##.
  6. Feb 11, 2014 #5


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