Wrong Answer From Calculator for x^2-1 (all over) x+4

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In summary: You had 4a2- 2a- 2a+ 1- 1= 4a2- 4a!f(x) = \frac{x^2-1}{x+4}If x = 2a - 1 then we have: f(2a-1) = \frac{(2a-1)^2-1}{(2a-1) + 4} = \frac{(4a^2 - 4a +1) -1}{2a +3} = \frac{4a^2 - 4a}{2a +3}You could end here or factor out the 4a on the numerator if you really wanted
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I am not getting the answer that my calculator is giving me for the following:

Find the following values for x^2-1 (all over) x+4

f(2a-1)

I am getting 4a^2 (all over) 2a+3 for my final answer and my calculator is getting (2a-1)^2-1 (all over) 2a+3.

What did I do wrong? Also, how do you work the math latex references?
these:
[x[2]^{}[/tex]-1]\frac{}{}[/x+4]
 
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funny. I got x-4+(15)/(x+4)
 
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Hydrargyrum said:
funny. I got x-4+(15)/(x+4)
Since the answer must have "a" rather that "x" that's not particularly funny!

alliecr said:
I am not getting the answer that my calculator is giving me for the following:

Find the following values for x^2-1 (all over) x+4

f(2a-1)

I am getting 4a^2 (all over) 2a+3 for my final answer and my calculator is getting (2a-1)^2-1 (all over) 2a+3.
Okay, if x= 2a- 1, then x2= (2a-1)2= 4a2- 4a+ 1 so x2- 1= 4a2- 4a. How did you get "4a2"? Also x+ 4= (2a-1)+ 4= 2a+ 3. You have
[tex]\frac{4a^2- 4a+ 1}{2a+ 3}[/ite]

What did I do wrong? Also, how do you work the math latex references?
these:
[x[2]^{}[/tex]-1]\frac{}{}[/x+4]
The [/tex] only ends a latex code. You need [tex] in front. Did you know that you can see the code for a latex formula by clicking on it?
 
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HallsofIvy said:
Since the answer must have "a" rather that "x" that's not particularly funny!


Okay, if x= 2a- 1, then x2= (2a-1)2= 4a2- 4a+ 1 so x2- 1= 4a2- 4a. How did you get "4a2"? Also x+ 4= (2a-1)+ 4= 2a+ 3. You have
[tex]\frac{4a^2- 4a+ 1}{2a+ 3}[/ite]


The [/tex] only ends a latex code. You need [tex] in front. Did you know that you can see the code for a latex formula by clicking on it?

Where does the+1 come from? I had this before I got my answer: [tex]4a^{2}-2a-2a+1-1...the ones would cancel out right?
 
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[tex] f(x) = \frac{x^2-1}{x+4}[/tex]
If x = 2a - 1 then we have:
[tex] f(2a-1) = \frac{(2a-1)^2-1}{(2a-1) + 4} = \frac{(4a^2 - 4a +1) -1}{2a +3} = \frac{4a^2 - 4a}{2a +3}[/tex]

You could end here or factor out the 4a on the numerator if you really wanted to.
[tex] \frac{4a(a - 1)}{2a+3}[/tex]
 
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alliecr said:
Where does the+1 come from? I had this before I got my answer: [tex]4a^{2}-2a-2a+1-1...the ones would cancel out right?
Yes, and I showed that it did. I said (2a-1)2= 4a2- 4a+ 1 so (2a-1)2+ 1= 4a2- 4a just as you have now and just as I had before. But 4a2- 4a is NOT the 4a2 you had before!
 

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