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Rewriting an expression what math operation did my teacher do?

  1. May 28, 2013 #1

    Femme_physics

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    Rewriting an expression....what math operation did my teacher do?

    I'm trying to see how did my teacher rewrite this expression in the following manner:

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    What mathametical operation did he do? I really can't see it...
     
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  3. May 28, 2013 #2

    danago

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    Have you definitely copied it correctly? If the S2 term in the denominator were S2/C then it would seem that he divided the numerator and denominator by RLC.
     
  4. May 28, 2013 #3

    MathematicalPhysicist

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    Simple algebraic manipulation, dividing the numerator by RCL and also the denominator.

    He forgot 1/C in the denominator for S^2.
     
  5. May 28, 2013 #4

    HallsofIvy

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    It looks straightforward to me. Initially, there is "SL" in the numerator while after the "operation" there is "S/RC". So the "S" is left alone and we have divided the numerator by 1/LRC. Dividing the denominator by that same 1/LRC gives (RLS^2+ LS+ R)/RLC= S^2/C+ S/RC+ 1/LC, almost what you have. Either your teacher accidently dropped the "C" dividing S^2 or there is some physical reason (you don't say, but I would guess this is an "LRC circuit equation) why that can be done although it does not look likely.
     
  6. May 28, 2013 #5

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    You guys are right, I miscopied! It's RLCS^2 and not RLC^2 at the denominator of the first expression..oops. Thank you, though, because saying what mathmatical operation he did cleared it out for me :-) I re-solved it and got the same answer he did!
     
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