Posted by **Deb** on Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 11:06pm.

Simplify by removing factors of 1

9w-36/4-w

What is the simplified form?

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**Reiny**, Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 11:08pm
the way you typed it, the answer would be

9w - 9 - w

= 8w - 9

You must mean

(9w-36)/(4-w)

= 9(w-4)/(w-4)

= 9 , w not equal to 4

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**Deb**, Monday, March 22, 2010 at 12:02am
the question reads

9w-36 over 4-w

I am supposed to simplify by removing factors of 1

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**Reiny**, Monday, March 22, 2010 at 12:21am
I solved it for you according to that version.

Look above

Removing factors of 1 makes no sense.

1 is a factor of every number or variable, but nothing is gained by that.

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**Deb**, Monday, March 22, 2010 at 12:31am
Reiny I appreciate your help but this is solving a problem by factoring which means your ultimate goal isnt just to get X=. So the answer you are giving me isnt correct for what I am trying to solve.

This one of the of the ways you learn to simplify rational expressions.

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