# How do you simplify #\frac { 8x ^ { 2} y ^ { 2} + 20x y ^ { 2} - 16y ^ { 2} } { 4x ^ { 2} y }#?

##### 1 Answer

Mar 3, 2018

You can cancel a '4' and a 'y' out of this expression, but that's all

#### Explanation:

Note that each term in the expression, both in the numerator and the denominator has a 4 in it. So, since 4/4 = 1, we can cancel those:

Then, each term also has a 'y' in it, so we can cancel those also since y/y = 1

That's all we can do since there is nothing else that is common to every term