Once a fraction is in reduced form, you may begin trying
to cancel terms. Only
when factors in the numerator match exactly with factors in the denominator can
terms be canceled. One of the most consistent ways to ensure that your
appropriate is to factor the numerator and denominator into smaller pieces
attempting to cancel.
In Example 1, we can factor 2x from both the numerator and
denominator. Thus, we can
cancel the 2x terms from the ex pression . A common mistake made by students is to
“cancel” pieces that are not factors.
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