Yikes, that looks ugly. This problem is a sneaky one, because we need to apply two layers of factoring. Maybe there's a draft. First, we can pull out a common factor of 2*x*: Canceling that factor of 2*x* from the numerator and denominator gives us: Then the numerator factors again, so we can rewrite the expression as: This simplifies to: 4*x* + 1 All that junk reduces to 4*x* + 1. Isn't math the most wonderful thing in the world? Smile and nod. |