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How would I simplify these rational expressions?

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A.( 4/x + 4) + (x/ x - 4)

I got stuck at x^2 + 8x - 16/ ( x - 4)(x + 4)

B. (3/x^2 - 25) - (1/x + 5)

I got stuck at -x^2 + 3x + 40/(x +5)(x^2 - 25)
asked Jan 19, 2015 in ALGEBRA 2 by hana_24 Novice

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Step 1:

A. The expression is 

Multiply and divide the first term with and second term with

Distribute terms using distributive property:  a( b + c) = ab + ac

Solution:

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answered Jan 19, 2015 by cameron Mentor
edited Jan 19, 2015 by cameron
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Step 1:

B. The expression is 

From the difference of two squares formula: image.

Multiply and divide the second term with .

Solution:

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answered Jan 19, 2015 by cameron Mentor

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