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 Question from Willie, a parent: Subtract and express the answer in simplest form. 5x-3/6-x+3/6

Hi Willie,

I think this problem is .

Since the fractions have the same denominator we can write this as . REmoving the parentheses and remembering to distribute the minus sign through the second set of parentheses yields . Now the numerator simplifies to become . But we are not done yet since there is a common factor of 2 in both the numerator and denominator so finally I get .

I hope this helps,
Penny

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