How do you solve #10/x - 12/(x-3) + 4 = 0#?

1 Answer
Feb 12, 2016

Answer:

You must put on a common denominator.

Explanation:

The LCD (Least Common Denominator) is #x(x - 3)#

#(10(x - 3))/(x(x - 3)) - (12(x))/(x(x - 3)) + (4(x^2 - 3x))/(x xx x - 3) = 0#

We can now eliminate the denominators:

#10x - 30 - 12x + 4x^2 - 12x = 0#

#4x^2 - 14x - 30 = 0#

Solve by factoring. Two numbers that multiply to #(-30 xx 4) = -120# and that add to -14 are -20 and 6.

#4x^2 - 20x + 6x - 30 = 0#

#4x(x - 5) + 6(x - 5) = 0#

#(4x + 6)(x - 5) = 0#

# x = -6/4 and 5#