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Why is the first method, cancelling and not factoring out incorrect if I get the same answer as the second that’s just in distributed form?
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If I'm reading this question correctly and it is x/(2x + 3xy), the first method is wrong. Not sure how you got 1/5y. The second is correct. You need to factor x out and cancel it with the one in the numerator to get 1/2+3y
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Those two are not the same actually
x/(2x + 3xy) = x/[(2+3y)(x)] = 1/[2+3x]
The only possible way you can obtain 1/5y is if it were (2xy+3xy) in the denominator. Like you cannot add 2x and 3xy together
2x + 3x = 5x
2x + 3xy is not equal to 5xy
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