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**bronxsystem****Member**- Registered: 2013-06-22
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Hey all

I can do most of these but cant get past this one for some reason.

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but i get stuck here S: is this totally wrong?

with the other problems i was able to factor them then cancel out. But this one i keep getting to this point and get confused

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

There are probably a couple of ways to get there:

1) Multiply top and bottom by a.

1) Multiply top and bottom by a2.

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**bronxsystem****Member**- Registered: 2013-06-22
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from the last one? 1+a/a * a2/1-a2

multiply both by a?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

No, I was starting from the beginning.

Now you multiply top and bottom of that by a2.

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

Is that a2 really

?

Bob

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi Bob;

Hmmm, that is probably true.

Latexify, latexify, latexify. Our lives are frittered away by ascii, latexify!

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Years of teaching pupils with squiggly writing. I'm used to powers appearing in random places.

Bob

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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By the way. Who were you quoting with that latexify quote?

Bob

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself..........Galileo Galilei

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I was trying to quote Henry David Thorough. Got it backwards it seems.

HDT wrote:

Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify, simplify! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.**

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**bronxsystem****Member**- Registered: 2013-06-22
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in the book it doesnt have the exponent it just says a2 but maybe its typo? omg >< i will retry

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**bronxsystem****Member**- Registered: 2013-06-22
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im sure its a typo because the 2 is after the a which does not conform with previous exercises.

i spent 2 hours on this :*( 2 hours 20 minutes

thanks all for help and very sorry for wasting everyones time.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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If you follow Post #4 will get you there very easily.

But you will then notice that the book problem must be a typo. But if it is not then the answer is

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**bronxsystem****Member**- Registered: 2013-06-22
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the answer in book was in line with the typo

but thank you (: i will save this thread and review the problem assuming it was a2 and try work it out using your working (:

thanks thanks thanks

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Yes, that is more likely to be the problem. Review what has posted up above to get that answer.

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