Simplify the following and determine if the simplified expression is equivalent to the original:
We factor out the common factor of x for the simplified form
The simplified expression is not equivalent to the original, since the simplified expression can be evaluated at x = 0 but the original expression can't be evaluated at x = 0. Nice try, expression, but you need to wake up early in the morning to pull one over on us. We do like to sleep in until at least 10:30 on Sundays, though.