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$$ \cfrac{ \;\cfrac{\sqrt{x} + 1}{1+ \sqrt{x} + x} \;}{ \cfrac{1}{x^2 - \sqrt{x}} } $$

I'm not sure if I'm missing anything... other expressions are easy, but I'm not sure what to do with this one.

EDIT: Thanks for doing it for me, I'm not familiar with LaTeX program.

EDIT2: Okay, after searching through the book, there is a solution, but without steps:

$$ \sqrt{x}(x-1) $$

So now, can someone explain? Maybe there's an error...

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No, no, no! Use LaTeX to write mathematics in this site, in particular something that may so easily be misunderstood... –  DonAntonio Nov 10 '13 at 16:16
    
I fixed up the MathJax/LaTex notation as best I could, but the colon in the middle suggests a compound fraction or proportion? –  hardmath Nov 10 '13 at 16:18
    
Suggests division. ( ':' is '/' ) Now you see why I left it as ':', because of the size... Now just leave it as it is, if a soul is willing to help, they'll manage. –  Guest114 Nov 10 '13 at 16:19
    
Please review my changes for accuracy! –  hardmath Nov 10 '13 at 16:20
    
Is there any typo? This cannot be further simplified! –  freak_warrior Nov 10 '13 at 16:21

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Another way to simplify is to use this very basic rule: $$a^3-b^3=(a-b)(a^2+ab+b^2)$$ for the part $x+\sqrt{x}+1$. Indeed, $$\frac{\sqrt{x} + 1}{1+ \sqrt{x} + x}=\frac{(\sqrt{x} + 1)(\sqrt{x}-1)}{(1+ \sqrt{x} + x)(\sqrt{x}-1)}=\frac{x-1}{x\sqrt{x}-1}$$

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Thank you very much. The next step is to multiply it with conjugated form of denominator... and everything then goes well, and matches the original solution. –  Guest114 Nov 10 '13 at 16:59
    
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Hint: Use $$ \frac{\sqrt{x} + 1}{1 + \sqrt{x} + x} \div \frac{1}{x^2 - \sqrt{x}} = \frac{\sqrt{x} + 1}{1 + \sqrt{x} + x} \times \frac{x^2 - \sqrt{x}}{1} = \frac{- \sqrt{x} - x + x^2 + x^2\sqrt{x}}{{1 + \sqrt{x} + x}}. $$ Is the numerator a multiple of the denominator?

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I got to that step... but what's next? –  Guest114 Nov 10 '13 at 16:25
    
You have to multiply the denominator by $x \sqrt{x}$ to get $x^2\sqrt{x}$ (in the numerator). What does multiplying by $x \sqrt{x}$ do to the rest of the denominator? –  Math Student 020 Nov 10 '13 at 16:29
    
I'm more confused now, do I have to multiply the expression with xroot(x)/xroot(x) ? Why? –  Guest114 Nov 10 '13 at 16:35
    
@Guest114, have you tried long division with the last form above? –  dfeuer Nov 10 '13 at 17:01
    
This problem has been answered above. –  Guest114 Nov 10 '13 at 17:04

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