# How do you simplify (-9w-3)/(3w+12)?

May 27, 2017

See a solution process below:

#### Explanation:

Factor a $\textcolor{red}{3}$ from both the numerator and denominator and cancel the common term:

$\frac{- 9 w - 3}{3 w + 12} \implies \frac{\textcolor{red}{3} \left(- 3 w - 1\right)}{\textcolor{red}{3} \left(w + 4\right)} \implies$

$\frac{\cancel{\textcolor{red}{3}} \left(- 3 w - 1\right)}{\cancel{\textcolor{red}{3}} \left(w + 4\right)} \implies$

$\frac{- 3 w - 1}{w + 4}$