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* to find . 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. |