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Homework Help: Some Help Simplifying Please Easy Forgot how to

  1. Aug 15, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Ok so I'm trying to simplify this

    (x-5)/(x+1) which is apparently equal to 1 - 6/(x+1) but I don't see how there equal like I don't know what was done to this (x-5)/(x+1) to get that 1 - 6/(x+1). I feel kind of dumb as fel as if I should know this but I can't make sence of it one bit. Thank You for any help you can provide me with.

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    3. The attempt at a solution
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  3. Aug 15, 2010 #2


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    Hint: x - 5 = (x+1) - 6
  4. Aug 15, 2010 #3


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    Rewrite (x-5)/(x+1) in terms of y=x+1.

  5. Aug 16, 2010 #4


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    Or you can do polynomial long division.
  6. Aug 17, 2010 #5


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    Ahh I like ehild's little trick to make it simpler, never thought of it myself!
  7. Aug 17, 2010 #6


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    Thanks, Mentallic, I like it that you like it... :smile:

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