Algebra I

How do I reduce this fraction:

-6 - 18x / 6x + 2

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  1. -6(3x+1)
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    2 (3x+1)

    = -3

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  2. First divide the entire equation by 2. That gives you the fraction -3-9x/3x+1. Then, divide the top part of the fraction by the bottom part which will give you a final answer of -3.

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  3. Factor the numerator and factor the denominator.

    Then cancel like factors. Which is 3x + 1

    Note, you removed the -6 so that the terms in your factor will be positive and match the denominator's factor.

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