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more algebra questions
#2100793  11/13/03 09:51 AM (14 years, 1 month ago) 


merggg......
can you help me with these, Merletto?

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Re: more algebra questions [Re: Grav]
#2101099  11/13/03 12:09 PM (14 years, 1 month ago) 


Thanks! Now I have something to do in Philosophy class rather than sleep! I post what I get around 2:30 EST.

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Re: more algebra questions [Re: Grav]
#2101670  11/13/03 02:30 PM (14 years, 1 month ago) 


For the first one, 1 = (b+3)/(b+3), so
[ (b+2+b+3) / (b+3) ] = [ 7 / (b5) ]
That simplifies to:
[ (2b + 5) / (b + 3) ] = [ 7 / (b5) ]
By crossmultiplying, you get:
[ 7b  21 ] = [ 2b^2  5b  25 ]
Then simplify that, and you get
4 = 2b^2 + 2b
which is
2 = b^2 + b
Turn that into a quadratic equation:
b^2 + b  2 = 0
The roots to that equation are 2 and 1. So those are your answers.
For your second problem, I moved the terms around to get:
[ (x + 1) / (x  1) ] = [ 12 / (x^2  x) ]
Cross multiply and you get:
[ x^3  x ] = [ 12x  12 ]
Rearrange your terms:
x^3  13x + 12 = 0
The roots to this equation are 4, 1, and 3, so these are your answers. But if you plug 1 back into your original equation, it will cause the denominators to equal 0, therefore it cannot be used. So your final answers are 4 and 3.
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Re: more algebra questions [Re: Letto]
#2103094  11/13/03 09:17 PM (14 years, 1 month ago) 


how does the 1 go to (b+3)/(b+3) ?
isnt the LCD: (b+3)(b5) ?
wouldnt that make the 1 the same thing?

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Re: more algebra questions [Re: Grav]
#2103171  11/13/03 09:39 PM (14 years, 1 month ago) 


1 = 2 / 2 = (x + 3) / (x+3) = anything with the same numerator and denominator. Since the 1 is on the left side of the equation, you just set it equal to (b + 3) / (b + 3) so that it has the same denominator as (b + 2) / (b + 3). At that step, you aren't concerned with the right side of the equation, just simplifying each side as much as possible first.

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Re: more algebra questions [Re: Letto]
#2108233  11/15/03 03:03 AM (14 years, 1 month ago) 


I see, I see...
I'll try that, but multiplying every factor by (b+3)(b5) technically should work too, I thought.

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Re: more algebra questions [Re: Grav]
#2108274  11/15/03 03:25 AM (14 years, 1 month ago) 


okay i followed you until you got to
4 = 2b^2 + 2b
then how did you get rid of Both 2's ?

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Re: more algebra questions [Re: Grav]
#2108282  11/15/03 03:29 AM (14 years, 1 month ago) 


for the second problem, im not sure how you performed your first step.

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Re: more algebra questions [Re: Grav]
#2108658  11/15/03 09:37 AM (14 years, 1 month ago) 


Second problem:
[ x / (x1) ]  [ 12 / (x^2  x) ] = [ 1 / (x1) ]
Start by moving the second and third terms around:
[ x / (x1) ] + [ 1 / (x1) ] = [ 12 / (x^2  x) ]
Then add the first and second term (common denom):
[ (x + 1) / (x  1) ] = [ 12 / (x^2  x) ]
This is the same as if you had ( A / 5 ) + ( B / 5) = (A+B)/5...
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Re: more algebra questions [Re: Seuss]
#2109589  11/15/03 06:54 PM (14 years, 1 month ago) 


ah i see... what about the first problem? i see how you got rid of the 2 in the 2b, but what about the 2 in the 2b^2 ?

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Re: more algebra questions [Re: Grav]
#2110847  11/16/03 05:30 AM (14 years, 1 month ago) 


change the 1 into b+3/b+3 so have a common denominator now the left side looks like
[(b+2)+(b+3)]/(b+3)=7/(b5)
simplified is looks like (2b+5)/(b+3)=7/(b5)
you want the same denominator on both sides of the equal sign. to do this, mulitply the left side by (b5)/(b5) and the right side by (b+3)/(b+3)
after multiplying the left side should look lke
(2b^2 5b 25)/(b+3)(b5)
and the right is (7b21)/(b+3)(b5)
since the two sides have the same denominator you can cancel them both out.
you are left with
2b^25b25=7b21
make the right side zero by adding 7b to the left side and adding 21 to the left side
so you have 2b^2+2b4=0
the coeffiecients (or the number infront of the variable) are all divisible by 2 so if you divde both sides by 2 you get
b^2+b2=o
you can do one of two things here, use the quadratic equation or use your head. what two numbers multiplied give you 2 but add up to get +1?? these are the coefficients in front of the variable btw.
that's 2 and 1 (b+2)(b1)=0
so b=2 or 1
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Re: more algebra questions [Re: kaiowas]
#2110865  11/16/03 05:46 AM (14 years, 1 month ago) 


x/(x1) 12/(x^2x) = 1(x1)
therefore x/(x1) 12/x(x1) = 1(x1)
therefore LCD = x(x1)
therefore x.x/x(x1) 12/x(x1) = 1.x/(x1)
drop LCD therefore x^2 12 = 1x
then put quadratic in standard form x^2 +x 12 =0
solve quadratic (x+4)(x3)=0
therefore x+4 or x=3

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Re: more algebra questions [Re: kyanite]
#2110866  11/16/03 05:49 AM (14 years, 1 month ago) 


sorry last line should read
therefore x=4 or x=+3

