Questions on fractions, which are expressions (not values) of the form $\frac pq$.

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Help with Calculate integral

Find $\int^a_0 \dfrac{3x^2-ax}{(x-2a)(x^2+a^2)} dx$ I tried using partial fractions and the substitution $u=a-x$ but I haven't made any real progress. Please help.
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How to conceptualize “dividing out” a number (e.g. in permutations, Bayes' Theorem)?

I'm trying to achieve a better conception of what it means to "divide out" a variable/number, because I'm currently have a lot of trouble justifying to myself why it actually works the way it does in ...
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Probability of 2 students being chosen the both have under 100 books at home

Suppose we select two students at random from the class of fifteen. What is the probability that both students chosen have less then 100 books at home? Data provided is the amount of books each ...
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Algebra 2 help!… [on hold]

If a certain number is added to the numerator and denominator of 17/20, the result is 8/9. Find the number. A. 7 B. 9 C. 14 D. -7 E. -8
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Weird square root disappearing and flipping fraction upside down?

So here I was, making 2 math problems, I was able to solve them, but 2 operations seem a bit intractable to me. Maybe you can help me understand why this is true: The first problem: $$x = \frac{1}{5} ...
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Simplification of rational expressions

I have the following expression: $${2\over x-2} + {2 \over{x^2} -5x +6}$$ So I can simplify this as: $${2 \over x -2} + {2 \over (x -3) (x-2)}$$ I make the common denominator to be ${(x-3)(x-2)}$ ...
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Trending proof for fairly simple fraction

(Please humour the physicist!) Why does $\left(\frac{1-a}{1-a^b}\right) \to \frac{1}{b}$ as $a \to 1$? This came from a calculation involving flow measurement of gases, and although I can see and ...
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Exponential function negative: $\left(\frac{81}{4}\right)^{1/4}\left(\frac{1}4\right)^{-3/4}$

This is another example. $\left(\dfrac{81}{4}\right)^{1/4}\left(\dfrac{1}4\right)^{-3/4}$ Multiply on both sides equals $\dfrac{81^{1/4}}{4^{1/4}}\cdot \dfrac{1^{-3/4}}{4^{-3/4}}$ This should be ...
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How to show $\frac12\cdot\frac34\cdot\frac56\cdots\frac{99}{100}<\frac{1}{12}$? [closed]

How can I show that $$\frac12\cdot\frac34\cdot\frac56\cdots\frac{99}{100}<\frac{1}{12}?$$
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Simplifying a fraction with a cubed root in the denominator

I have an equation the following equation in my textbook, but I don't understand how it's legal for it to be simplified this way. $${1000\over \pi\sqrt[3]{500\over \pi}^2}=2\sqrt[3]{500\over \pi}$$ ...
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Four mathematical notations for fraction $1/999$ and how to show/present they are equal

I need some help for notation. I need to present fractions in four different format and I'd like to get it right. I just take $1/999$ for example, but of course it could be any fraction with positive ...
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The expression $(1+q)(1+q^2)(1+q^4)(1+q^8)(1+q^{16})(1+q^{32})(1+q^{64})$ where $q\ne 1$, equals

The expression $(1+q)(1+q^2)(1+q^4)(1+q^8)(1+q^{16})(1+q^{32})(1+q^{64})$ where $q\ne 1$, equals (A) $\frac{1-q^{128}}{1-q}$ (B) $\frac{1-q^{64}}{1-q}$ (C) $\frac{1-q^{2^{1+2+\dots +6}}}{1-q}$ ...
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how to multiply a fraction [closed]

$$\frac{7}{12} \times \frac{8}{21}$$ ...
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If $\frac{a+b}{b+c}=\frac{c+d}{d+a}$ then..

If $\frac{a+b}{b+c}=\frac{c+d}{d+a}$ then (A) $a=c$ (B) either $a=c$ or $a+b+c+d=0$ (C) $a+b+c+d=0$ (D) $a=c$ and $b=d$ I solved $\frac{a+b}{b+c}=\frac{c+d}{d+a}$ and got $a(a+b+d)=c(c+b+d)$ and ...
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Primes and certain unit fractions [closed]

Are there primes $p,q$ and a natural number $a$ such that $\frac{1}{p}+\frac{1}{q}=\frac{1}{a}$?
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Can $\dfrac{b_0}{a_0} + \dfrac{b_1}{a_1} + \dfrac{b_2}{a_2} + \dfrac{b_3}{a_3} + … + \dfrac{b_n}{a_n}$ be represented as …

Is this correct? (Last step $\rightarrow$ After taking L.C.M.) $\large \dfrac{b_0}{a_0} + \dfrac{b_1}{a_1} + \dfrac{b_2}{a_2} + \dfrac{b_3}{a_3} + ... + \dfrac{b_n}{a_n} = \sum\limits_{k=0}^{n} ...
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Certain Fraction between Fractions

Is there always a fraction $\frac{r}{s}$ with $\frac{p}{q}<\frac{r}{s}<\frac{p+1}{q}$ and $s<q$ for $0<p<q-1\in\mathbb{Z}$ and $r,s\in\mathbb{Z}$?
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Convergent conjecture: What is the proof?

Lets say that $\def\nn{\mathbb{N}}$$\def\rr{\mathbb{R}}$$K : \nn \to \rr$ and $\displaystyle \sum_{i=1}^\infty \frac{K(i)}{K(i+1)}$ is a convergent sum. My conjecture is that the function $K$ must be ...
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Choosing suits of cards in a row

Three cards from a standard deck are dealt. What is the probability that the first is a heart, the second is a spade, and the third is another heart? I have figured out so far that you can use ...
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Mathematical Induction getting the right side

So I 've been doing Mathematical Inductions but I seem to have a issue in simplify and getting the right side. So I have this on the L.H.S $$\frac{k(k + 1)(2k +1)}{6} + (k + 1)^2 $$ And I'm trying ...
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Expression for binomial coefficient denominator

I'm trying to find an analytical expression for the denominator of $\pmatrix{-1/2\\k}$ in terms of $k$ when the fraction is fully reduced. E.g., the first several such denominators, starting with ...
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How to calculate $n$th term in terms of constants?

The expression is $$\large t_n=\frac{(x\times t_{n-1})^2}{((x-t_{n-1}\times y)^2+4\times x\times t_{n-1})\times t_{n-2}}$$ where $x$ and $y$ are constants. $t_0$ , $t_1$ , $t_2$ , $t_3$ and $t_4$ ...
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Congruence of 2 fractions—how to properly rewrite in terms without modulo?

EDIT: Following Theo's comment, the equivalence holds since one can (must) rewrite $1/a$ as $(1+23k)/a$. Provided that $$\frac{1}{25} \equiv \frac{1}{2}\pmod {23}$$ is true, why can I not rewrite ...
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Distribution of the sum reciprocal of primes $\le 1$

$$\frac{1}{2}+\frac{1}{3}+\frac{1}{7}+\frac{1}{43}+\cdots \le 1 $$ This is an interesting infinite summation. This is very closely resembling my other problem with has to do with the distribution of ...
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Does the sum of the reciprocals of composites that are $ \le $ 1

The sum itself: $$ \frac{1}{4}+\frac{1}{6}+\frac{1}{8}+\frac{1}{9}+\frac{1}{10}+\frac{1}{12}+\frac{1}{14}+ \frac{1}{15}+ \frac{1}{39}... \le 1 $$ These are all sums of reciprocals of composites that ...
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Find all integer numbers $n$ such that $\frac{11n-5}{n+4}$ is a perfect square.

Find all integer numbers $n$, such that, $$\sqrt{\frac{11n-5}{n+4}}\in \mathbb{N}$$ I really tried but I couldn't guys, help please.
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Can This Expression Be Simplified? (Involves Square Roots)

I started with the expression $$ \frac{4mlt(1-\sqrt{1-\frac{v^2}{c^2}})c^2}{\sqrt{1-\frac{v^2}{c^2}}} $$ and have ended up at: $$ \frac{4mlt(c^2 - c \sqrt{c^2-v^2})}{\sqrt{1-\frac{v^2}{c^2}}} $$ ...
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Problem with simplifying $\frac{(3+h)^2-9}{(3+h)-3}$ [closed]

I need help simplifying $$ {(3+h)^2-9\over (3+h)-3}. $$ The answer is $6+h$. I keep getting $h$.
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How can I approximate a decimal with two fractions where denominator is less or equal to $d$

I was looking for a way to approximate a decimal number with a fraction, whose denominator is less or equal to $d$. Basically, having a decimal $X$, I want to find two fractions such that ...
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Express 99 2/3% as a fraction? No calculator

My 9-year-old daughter is stuck on this question and normally I can help her, but I am also stuck on this! I have looked everywhere to find out how to do this but to no avail so any help/guidance is ...
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How to simplify a diabolical expression involving radicals

A friend and I have been working on this problem for hours - how can the following expression be simplified analytically? It equals $\frac{1}{2},$ and we have tried the following to no avail: ...
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When we can change the sign of denominator

Suppose $z=\frac{-x_1}{x_2-x_3}$, find $-z$. Which one is correct $$-z=\frac{x_1}{x_2-x_3}\ \ \ \text{or}\ \ \ -z=\frac{x_1}{-x_2+x_3}$$
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SAT math problem about solute and solution

There are two solutions $P$ and $Q$. There are $50 g$ of $P$, which has $30\%$ benzene by mass, and $200 g$ of $Q$, which has $70\%$ benzene by mass. If $20 g$ of solution $P$ is added to $20 g$ of ...
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Why does $\frac{49}{64}\cos^2 \theta + \cos^2 \theta$ equal $\frac{113}{64}\cos^2 \theta $?

I have an example: $$ \frac{49}{64}\cos^2 \theta + \cos^2 \theta = 1 $$ Then what happens next: $$ \frac{113}{64}\cos^2 \theta = 1 $$ Where has the other cosine disappeared to? What operation ...
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decimal to fractions

When being asked how to solve the Arithmetic Means of 8, 7, 7, 5, 3, 2, and 2, I understand that adding these numbers then dividing by 7 (the amount of numbers) gives me the decimal 4.85714... But ...
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If the decimal expansion of $a/b$ contains “$7143$” then $b>1250$

I recently stumbled upon this really interesting problem: If we have a fraction $\frac{a}{b}$ where $a,b \in \mathbb{N}$ and we know that the decimal fraction of $\frac{a}{b}$ has the numerical ...
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Here are two fractions, $\frac{2}{3}$,$\frac{7}{8}$, which of these fractions are closer to $\frac{3}{4}$?

I've been throwing this question around my family. No one has a clue, therefore can someone help? I'm pretty sure this will be easy to do
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Get rid of the square roots of the denominator: $\dfrac{1}{\sqrt{7}-2\sqrt{5}+\sqrt{3}}$

How to get rid of the square roots of the denominator: $\dfrac{1}{\sqrt{7}-2\sqrt{5}+\sqrt{3}}$? I squared the whole denominator, but that didn't help. Also I searched for a propriety or ...
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Fractions of an amount [closed]

I need help with the following problem: Catalin works in an office. One week he divides his time between these tasks: $\frac{1}{4}$ of his time in meetings $\frac{5}{8}$ of his time writing ...
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Are fractions with zero divisors in the denominator never well defined?

Are fractions with zero divisors in the denominator never well defined? I know that for a fraction in modular arithmetic to be well defined, the denominator must not be a zero divisor, e.g: $$ x ...
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Dividing fractions in real life scenario / application

First of all sorry if this question sounds too stupid or offends anyone. One apple divide by two you get half an apple. $\large{\frac{1}{2} = 0.5}$ I couldn't get my head around with dividing ...
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SAT Maths Question About Fractions

Whilst revising, a problem caught my eye and I cannot seem to find an answer. I am usually bad at these types of questions. On a certain Russian-American committee, $\frac23$ of members are men, ...
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$(5x +1) ÷ (3x)$ is not a polynomial?

On the Mathwarehouse page on polynomial equations, it gives this expression as an antiexample, something that is not a polynomial: $(5x +1) ÷ (3x)$ However, it also says on the same page that if it ...
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Fractions and Largest Common Multiple, Algebra, Numerator and Denominator Identical Numbers?

This is the question find $x$ of equation: $$\frac{5x-2}{5} - \frac{2x+3}{2} = 3$$ I tried multiplying this all by 10, the LCM. It ended with: $x -x=49.$ How do you solve this without cancelling ...
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How does this seemingly-trivial simplification work?

In a section on inductive proofs in the book Modelling Computing Systems: Mathematics for Computer Science (Muller, Struth) there is a simplification that is assumed to be trivial, but that I can't ...
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Can we write “fractional root” symbol in math?

Fractional exponents are legit but I have never seen fractional roots, so I just wonder if we can write fractional roots such as this: It sometimes can be convenient to think about too.
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Is $15/52$ equal to $17/59$?

Is $\frac{15}{52} = \frac{17}{59}$? I typed it into the calculator and found: $$\frac{15}{52} = 0.2884615 $$ $$\frac{17}{59} = 0.2881356 $$ So I thought they were different. But then my friend said ...
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Simplification imaginary fractions

In an exercise, a partial fraction expansion has to be done. I have no problem with that, but one of the last steps includes a simplification as follows: \begin{equation*} \left( -\frac 12 - \frac 16 ...
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Ordering an even and odd fraction that are close

We know that $1/4 < 5/11 < 1/2$. I did it this way from small to large: $$\frac{1 \cdot 3}{4 \cdot 3} = \frac{3}{12}$$ $$\frac{5}{11}$$ $$\frac{1 \cdot 6}{2 \cdot 6} = \frac{6}{12}$$ It is ...
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How to show simple inequality of fractions

If $$\frac {a}{a+b}<\frac{a'}{a'+b'}$$ then how can I show that $$\frac {a}{a+2b}<\frac{a'}{a'+2b'}\ \forall\ a,b,c>0$$ I tried puitting in a constant k so $$\frac ...