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Homework Help: Simple algebra: show that

  1. Oct 22, 2008 #1
    show that:
    a-a(1-a)a + a1-a(1-a)a-1
    can be written as:


    3. The attempt at a solution

    a-a(1-a)a + a1-a(1-a)a-1

    a-a(1-a)a + a1a-a(1-a)a(1-a)-1

    a-a(1-a)a( 1 + a(1-a)-1)
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  3. Oct 22, 2008 #2


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    In your third line of working, instead of taking out a factor of (1-a)a, try taking out a factor of (1-a)a-1
  4. Oct 22, 2008 #3
  5. Oct 22, 2008 #4


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    You really should get into the habit of including "=" between expessions that have the same value. If you don't, it will come back to bite you.
  6. Oct 23, 2008 #5
    a-a(1-a)a + a1-a(1-a)a-1

    = a-a(1-a)a + a1a-a(1-a)a (1-a)-1

    = a-a(1-a)a( 1 + a(1-a)-1)

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  7. Oct 23, 2008 #6


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    Yep, that's it.
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