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# How would i simplify this?? Trying to understand this concept..?

x^2 - 10x +16

divided by

x^2 - 4.

I got 10/4x - 4 but I feel like it might be wrong

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- 9 years ago
I got ( X-8 ) / ( X+2 )

they are both quadratic equations:

the numerator simplifies to (X-2)(X-8)

the denominator simplifies to (X-2)(X+2)

the common multiplier is (X-2) and so it cancels out, leaving us with the above answer.

- hayharbrLv 79 years ago
I can't say for sure but often with problems like that, they mean factor and simplify:

(x - 8)(x - 2)

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(x + 2)(x - 2); the (x - 2)'s cancel so

(x - 8)

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(x + 2)

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