, ,

Rewrite as .

Since both terms are perfect squares, factor using the difference of squares formula, where and .

Finding the LCD of a list of values is the same as finding the LCM of the denominators of those values.

The LCM is the smallest positive number that all of the numbers divide into evenly.

1. List the prime factors of each number.

2. Multiply each factor the greatest number of times it occurs in either number.

The number is not a prime number because it only has one positive factor, which is itself.

Not prime

The LCM of is the result of multiplying all prime factors the greatest number of times they occur in either number.

The factors for are , which is multiplied by itself times.

occurs times.

The factors for are , which is multiplied by itself times.

occurs times.

The factor for is itself.

occurs time.

The factor for is itself.

occurs time.

The LCM of is the result of multiplying all factors the greatest number of times they occur in either term.

Find the LCD 1/((x+1)^2) , 1/((x-1)^2) , 2/(x^2-1)