Ok I have to simplify this
a(b-4)^2
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3a(b-4)
Ok I have to simplify this
a(b-4)^2
-------------- (this is a fraction bar)
3a(b-4)
Ok, so knowing where to start is the main point: Do parentheses and exponents first - let's take the top half (numerator):
Let's re-write the top (numerator) 3a(b-4) as (3a)(b-4)(b-4) - this simply shows that (b-4)^{2} = (b-4)(b-4), just like (2)(2) = 2^{2}
The bottom (denominator) is 3a(b-4), can also be written as (3a)(b-4)
Now we have [(3a)(b-4)(b-4)] / [(3a)(b-4)]. (3a) / (3a) = 1, and (b-4) / (b-4) also = 1, so we're left with only one of the original (b-4) terms, and the answer is b-4