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Question from Tony:

express x/a -2a/x =-1 in terms of a.

Hi Tony,

I would first eliminate the fractions.

Multiply each side of the equation by $a$ and simplify. Multiply both sides of the resulting equation by $x$ and simplify. Now you have no fractions. Write the resulting equation as a quadratic in$ $a and solve for $a.$

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