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Homework Help: Rational expressions very simble, but hard for me

  1. Apr 2, 2008 #1
    [tex] \frac{5x-5y-bx+by}{5x-5y+bx-by} [/tex]


    i can't cancel anything

    i can't factor anything

    please help
     
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  3. Apr 2, 2008 #2

    rock.freak667

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    5x-5y=5(x-y)
    do the same with b
     
  4. Apr 2, 2008 #3
    but the b's (x and y) doesn't cancel since they have two different signs
     
  5. Apr 2, 2008 #4

    Dick

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    -bx+by=(-b)(x-y). (x-y) IS a factor of both the numerator and the denominator.
     
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