I'll show you how to do this two different ways. It is worth seeing both, because they are both useful. You can decide which is easier ;-)

Solution 1 - Multiplying by the Reciprocal

I take the top expression (numerator) and turn it into a single fraction with denominator x.


We do likewise with the bottom expression (denominator):


So the question has become:


We think of the right side as a division of the top by the bottom:


To divide by a fraction, you multiply by the reciprocal:


The x's cancelled out, and we have our final answer, which cannot be simplified any more.

Solution 2 - Multiplying Top and Bottom

I recognise that I have "/x" in both the numerator and denominator. So if I just multiply top and bottom by x, it will simplify everything by removing the fractions on top and bottom.


I am really just multiplying by "1" and not changing the original value of the fraction - just changing its form.

So I multiply each element of the top by x and each element of the bottom by x and I get:


I cannot simplify any further.

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