# How do you simplify the rational expression and state any restrictions on the variable #(b^2 +6b-16)/(b+8)#?

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Apr 8, 2015

Extract a factor equal to the denominator from the numerator (note this is not always possible in every case, but it works in this example) and simplify.

Remember that, as a restriction, division by

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Apr 8, 2015

The answer is

Beginning Equation:

Factor the numerator.

Cancel (b+8) from the numerator and denominator.

That leaves