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Question from anya, a student:

the sum of two numbers is 32, and the product of these 2 numbers is 48. what is the sum of the reciprocals of the 2 numbers? Express answer as a common fraction

Hi Anya,

Suppose the numbers are p and q then you want 1/p + 1/q. Find a common denominator and express this sum as one fraction.


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