# Simplify -2rh-h^2+2r/h

1. Jan 13, 2005

### vt33

I'm trying to simplify -2rh-h^2+2r/h

can I simplify this anymore by canceling out the h, or is that not correct. Also, I don't believe I can factor out the h in the numerator because it's not in all 3 on top, is that correct?

2. Jan 13, 2005

### dextercioby

Yes,it cannot be factored,since it's missing from one of the terms of the sum.
However,it can be split into 2 fractions and "symplified"...

Daniel.

3. Jan 13, 2005

### HallsofIvy

Staff Emeritus
Assuming you mean $\frac{-2rh- h^2+ 2r}{h}$, then, yes, you cannot simplify by cancelling. If this is a difference quotient and you want to take a limit as h goes to 0 then you have a problem! That limit will only exist if the numerator is also 0 when h= 0.