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Solution:

The three denominators in the fractions above are different and therefore we need to find a common denominator.

We first find the lowest common multiple (LCM) of the two denominators 6, 18 and 24.

6: 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42, 48, 54, 60, 66, 72, 80,...

18: 18, 36, 54, 72, 90,...

24: 24, 48, 72, 96...

The lowest common denominator is 72 and we now convert all 3 denominators to the common denominator 72

and simplify as follows:

Solution:

The two rational expressions have different denominators. In order to add the rational expressions above, we need to convert them to a common denominator. The two denominators x + 5 and x + 2 have no common factors hence their LCM is given by:

LCM = (x + 5)(x + 2)

We now use the LCM as the common denominator and rewrite the rational expressions with the same denominator as follows.

We now expand, simplify and factor the numerator if possible .

Solution:

In order to add a rational expression with an expression without denominator, we convert the one without denominator into a rational expression then add them.

The two rational expressions have the same denominator and they are added as follows:

Solution:

The two rational expressions have different denominators. In order to add the rational expressions above, we need to convert them to a common denominator. We first factor completely the two denominators x^{ 2} - 3x + 2 and x^{ 2} + 2 x - 3 and find the LCM of Expressions.

x^{ 2} - 3x + 2 = (x - 1) (x - 2)

x^{ 2} + 2 x - 3 = (x - 1)(x + 3)

LCM = (x - 1)(x - 2)(x + 3)

We now use the LCM as the common denominator and rewrite the rational expressions with the same denominator as follows.

We now add the numerators expand and simplify.

Solution:

We rewrite the given expression with numerators and denominators in factored form and simplify if possible.

We cancel common factors.

The two denominators x + 1 and x + 3 have no common factors and therefore their LCD is (x + 1)(x + 3). We rewrite the above with the common factor (x + 1)(x + 3) as follows:

Expand and simplify.

Solution:

The three rational expressions have different denominators. In order to subtract/add the rational expressions above, we need to convert them to a common denominator.List and factor completely the three denominators 2x - 1 , 2 x^{ 2} + 9 x - 5 and 2 x + 10 and find the LCM.

2x - 1 = 2x - 1

2 x^{ 2} + 9 x - 5 = (2x - 1)(x + 5)

2x+10 = 2(x + 5)

LCM = 2(2x - 1)(x + 5)

We now use the LCM as the common denominator and rewrite the rational expressions with the same denominator as follows.

We now add the numerators and simplify.

Solution:

The two rational expressions have different denominators. In order to subtract/add the rational expressions above, we need to convert them to a common denominator. List and factor completely the two denominators y(x y - y + 3 x - 3) and 2 x - 2 and find the LCM.

y(x y - y + 3 x - 3) = y( y(x - 1) + 3 (x - 1)) = y(x - 1)(y + 3)

2 x - 2 = 2(x - 1)

LCM = 2 y (x - 1)(y + 3)

We now use the LCM as the common denominator and rewrite the rational expressions with the same denominator as follows.

Expand and simplify.

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