# How do you simplify ( 2x^2 + 6x - 8)/(2)?

You divide everything above and below the division bar by $2$
$= \frac{{x}^{2} + 3 x - 4}{1} = {x}^{2} + 3 x - 4$
$= \left(x - 1\right) \left(x + 4\right)$