How do you simplify #(x^2-2x-3)/(x^2-7x+12)#?

1 Answer
Aug 18, 2017

Answer:

See a solution process below:

Explanation:

First, we can factor the numerator and denominator as follows:

#((x - 3)(x + 1))/((x - 3)(x - 4))#

We can now cancel common terms in the numerator and denominator:

#(color(red)(cancel(color(black)((x - 3))))(x + 1))/(color(red)(cancel(color(black)((x - 3))))(x - 4)) => (x + 1)/(x - 4)#

However, from the original expression we need to ensure we don't divide by #0#.

#(x + 1)/(x - 4)# Where #x - 4 != 0# and #x - 3 !=0#

Or

#(x + 1)/(x - 4)# Where #x != 4# and #x != 3#