MATH SOLVE

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# What is the simplified form of x minus 5 over x squared minus 3x minus 10 ⋅ x plus 2 over x squared plus x minus 12? 1 over the quantity x minus 3 times the quantity x plus 4 1 over the quantity x minus 3 times the quantity x plus 2 1 over the quantity x plus 4 times the quantity x minus 5 1 over the quantity x plus 2 times the quantity x minus 5

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The correct answer is C: 1/(x + 4)(x - 5)

Why? Well, let's first simplify x^2 - 3x - 10 and x^2 + x - 12; the two denominators. Each of these should become an (x +/- number), and to figure out the number, as well as whether it is positive or negative, we can do a simple trickLook at the factors of the right number (In this case, -10 and -12)-10 -121 * -10 1 * -12-1 * 10 -1 * 12-2 * 5 -2 * 62 * -5 2 * -6 -3 * 4 4 * -3

Now for part 2 Which of these pairs add up to the middle number? One of the pairs of -10 should make -3, and likewise, one of the pairs of -12 should make 1 (when x has no number in front of it you may safely assume it is 1). 2 - 5 = -3 and 4 - 3 = 1, so we now know that the 2 fraction equations simplified is x + 2 / (x + 2)(x - 5) * x - 3/(x -3)(x + 4)Notice anything repeating? As long as they are apart of the same fraction, we can cross out anything that has the same x - number. Crossing out both x + 2 and x - 3, we now simply have x - 5 * x + 4. Because we crossed out both numerators, the top numbers both become 1, thus giving our answer, C.

Why? Well, let's first simplify x^2 - 3x - 10 and x^2 + x - 12; the two denominators. Each of these should become an (x +/- number), and to figure out the number, as well as whether it is positive or negative, we can do a simple trickLook at the factors of the right number (In this case, -10 and -12)-10 -121 * -10 1 * -12-1 * 10 -1 * 12-2 * 5 -2 * 62 * -5 2 * -6 -3 * 4 4 * -3

Now for part 2 Which of these pairs add up to the middle number? One of the pairs of -10 should make -3, and likewise, one of the pairs of -12 should make 1 (when x has no number in front of it you may safely assume it is 1). 2 - 5 = -3 and 4 - 3 = 1, so we now know that the 2 fraction equations simplified is x + 2 / (x + 2)(x - 5) * x - 3/(x -3)(x + 4)Notice anything repeating? As long as they are apart of the same fraction, we can cross out anything that has the same x - number. Crossing out both x + 2 and x - 3, we now simply have x - 5 * x + 4. Because we crossed out both numerators, the top numbers both become 1, thus giving our answer, C.