February 23, 2017

Homework Help: Dividing Rational Expressions

Posted by Jaz on Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 8:42pm.

x^3-8/x^2-4 divided by (x^2+2x+4)/(x^3+8). This becomes ((x-2)(x^2+2x+4)/(x+2)(x-2) times ((x+2)(x^2-2x+4))/(x^2+2x+4). I understand that (x-2)(x^2+2x+4)=(x^3-8) when I distribute it, however, if I didn't have the help of my book, I'd have no clue how to come up with this on my own. Is there a general rule for how to distribute x's to the third power? Thank you!!

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