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# Simplifying an algebraic faction

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1. Hi Guys,

I'm just starting an algebra course and I've got stuck on one of the introduction questions (attached). I can't seem to simplify it any further than the division of two. Thanks.

(8yx)/6(x^3)(y^2)-4(x)(y^2)
2. (Original post by Masher1346)
Think about the numerator and the denominator and what things you could potentially cancel out

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i.e common factors
3. What seanFM said.
4. (Original post by Masher1346)
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Ah, thank you. I don't know how I couldn't do that before. I've got it down to this now.
Yes, that is now correct well done.

if you had then you can take common factors out as you have seen (eg 2) by going

= where f(x,y), g(x,y) and h(x,y) are not really important for this example, they just represent the different functions that involve x and y eg g(x,y) = x^3y^2

and use similar logic for x and y.

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