multiply and simplify (x^2+x-12/x-3)*(x^2-2x-3/x^2+5x+4)

## multiply and simplify

# 2 Answers

((x^{2} + x - 12)/(x - 3))·((x^{2} - 2x - 3)/(x^{2} + 5x + 4))

First, if possible, factor the polynomial(s) in each rational expression:

(x^{2} + x - 12)/(x - 3) = ((x + 4)**(x - 3)**)/**(x - 3)**

Notice that in this rational expression there is a common factor in both the numerator and the denominator, that being 'x - 3'. With that, these 2 factors cancel each other out.

((x + 4)**(x - 3)**)/**(x - 3)** = (x + 4)

For the second rational expression,

(x^{2} - 2x - 3)/(x^{2} + 5x + 4) = (**(x + 1)**(x - 3))/(**(x + 1)**(x + 4))

Common factor in both numerator and denominator here is 'x + 1'

(**(x + 1)**(x - 3))/(**(x + 1)**(x + 4)) = (x - 3)/(x + 4)

Substitute the simplified forms of the rational expressions into the original problem:

((x^{2} + x - 12)/(x - 3))·((x^{2} - 2x - 3)/(x^{2} + 5x + 4))

= (x + 4)·((x - 3)/(x + 4))

= (**(x + 4)**(x - 3))/**(x + 4)**

After multiplying the simplified forms of the rational expressions, we see that there is another common factor in both the numerator and the denominator that cancels out, that being 'x + 4'. And that leaves us with the final solution:

(**(x + 4)**(x - 3))/**(x + 4)** = (x - 3)

I'm going to assume the following problem is what you meant. Let me know if not.

(x^{2}+x-12)/(x-3) * (x^{2}-2x-3)/(x^{2}+5x+4)

This is a question really testing your ability to factor the polynomials involved. Once you do that it is fairly easy. Here's what it looks like after factoring each of the polynomials:

[(x-3)(x+4)]/(x-3) * [(x-3)(x+1)]/[(x+4)(x+1)]

If you write this out on paper it is easier to see what to do. In the first fraction you'll see that there's an (x-3) in the top and the bottom, so they cancel to 1, leaving only an (x+4) in the top. The second fraction has an (x+1) in the top and bottom which also cancels to 1. This leaves us with (x+4)(x-3) in the top of the new fraction and (x+4) in the bottom. The two (x+4) factors cancel to 1 leaving you with the very simple final answer of (x-3).

Write it out on paper and it will be easier to follow what I've said here. Hope that helps.

Charlie Gibson