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The question just asks me to simplify this expression:

$$\frac{3 - \sqrt{x}}{x - 9}.$$

I'm stuck. I tried rationalizing, but I'm not sure if that's the correct method. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

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Can you please clarify what is within the square root and what is the denominator? – Dre Sep 15 '13 at 1:57
\frac{3 - \sqrt{x}}{x - 9} – jayson Sep 15 '13 at 2:05
Its just (3-√x)/(x-9) thanks – jayson Sep 15 '13 at 2:07
up vote 1 down vote accepted

Is this what you mean by simplifying that expression?


Usually we apply this process in reverse to rationalize.

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Oh yeah, I messed up my signs, thank you very much – jayson Sep 15 '13 at 2:19
You're very welcome. – user71352 Sep 15 '13 at 2:21
So if we have to let g(x) be the result from the simplification. Is domain of f equal to domain of g? – jayson Sep 15 '13 at 2:37
The domains will not quite be the same. $f(x)=\frac{3-\sqrt{x}}{x-9}$ is technically defined (by this formula) on the positive reals excluding $9$ since there is a singularity there. $g(x)=\frac{-1}{3+\sqrt{x}}$ is defined on the positive reals. The above simplification shows we can enlarge the domain of $f$ to the positive reals by defining $f(9)=\frac{-1}{6}$. – user71352 Sep 15 '13 at 2:45

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