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**reallylongnickname****Member**- Registered: 2011-03-30
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The way to solve this is apparently to use division by the common factor which is 3x^2

However, if I solve it with out the division like this (see below), I get the same answer. So what rule should I be following? Am I skipping steps or am I using different method?

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi reallylongnickname

You cannot 'solve' it anyway because it is not an equation; rather just an expression.

So I think you mean 'simplify' it.

It factorises (factorizes) as you have correctly done in your last line. That's it done.

Bob

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