let's say that we have 2y+10 over x + 3. We need to add that fraction to 2y+20 over 1/2x + 1.5 . the logical thing to do would be to multiply the second fraction by 2 to get common denominators, right? so we should multiply the top of the second fraction by 2 over the bottom half times 2. but if you multiply something by 2 over 2, isn't that kind of just like multiplying it by one? 2/2= 1...

2y+ 20 x 2
-------- --
1/2x+1.5 2... 2/2 is one, so why do we get a different fraction when multiplying by one?

what about simplifying? how can you simplify something like 20/4 by dividing it by 2 on each side? 2/2 is one

Originally posted by Duck Duck Goose let's say that we have 2y+10 over x + 3. We need to add that fraction to 2y+20 over 1/2x + 1.5 . the logical thing to do would be to multiply the second fraction by 2 to get common denominators, right? so we should multiply the ...[text shortened]... y something like 20/4 by dividing it by 2 on each side? 2/2 is one

The whole POINT of multiplying by, say, 2/2 is that you're not changing the value of something, just the way of writing it. What's paradoxical about that?

20/4 = 5, and 10/2 = 5, and 5/1 = 5. The whole aim is to write something in the simplest way possible.

There are no 'sides' to your 20/4 example, by the way, an EQUATION has sides.

yeah-if you don't understand something, ask! not everyone's quite so rude as bowmann. in general, we're a friendly bunch. at times. every now and then. if you're very nice. and bring cookies...but you've gotta leave your cat at the door, okay?

You'll agree that your second fraction is 'ugly'. To write is in a simpler form you have to do something to it, without changing the value of the fraction in all points x.

EG instead of writing 1/(1/2) you simply write 2. What we did here is multiply 1/(1/2) with 1=2/2. The same trick can be done to other fractions as well, like yours for example.

Multiplying with 1 doesn't do anything, you're right about that. But i CAN change the way we write something. There are many way to write one single fraction. We resort to tricks like this to write them in the most convenient form.

Originally posted by TheMaster37 Yeah, we're friendly...

You'll agree that your second fraction is 'ugly'. To write is in a simpler form you have to do something to it, without changing the value of the fraction in all points x.

EG instead of writing 1/(1/2) you simply write 2. What we did here is multiply 1/(1/2) with 1=2/2. The same trick can be done to other fractions as we ...[text shortened]... te one single fraction. We resort to tricks like this to write them in the most convenient form.

it can be very useful, for instance 2/(2^0.5), i.e. two divided by root two, is actually root two! miltiply by (2^0.5)/(2^0.5),

2 2^0.5
------- x -------
2^0.5 2^0.5

=2 x 2^0.5
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. 2
the two's cancel, so your left with 2^0.5. i still find that beautiful...

Originally posted by genius it can be very useful, for instance 2/(2^0.5), i.e. two divided by root two, is actually root two! miltiply by (2^0.5)/(2^0.5),

2 2^0.5
------- x -------
2^0.5 2^0.5

=2 x 2^0.5
--------------
. 2
the two's cancel, so your left with 2^0.5. i still find that beautiful...

actualy this example isn't even as complex as that.
x/(x^.5)=(x^.5)^2*(x^.5)^-1=(x^.5)^(2-1)=(x^.5)^1=x^.5