Add to both sides of the equation.

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 factor for is itself.

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The factor for is itself.

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

Multiply each term in by in order to remove all the denominators from the equation.

Simplify .

Cancel the common factor of .

Cancel the common factor.

Rewrite the expression.

Apply the distributive property.

Multiply by .

Simplify .

Simplify each term.

Cancel the common factor of .

Factor out of .

Cancel the common factor.

Rewrite the expression.

Expand using the FOIL Method.

Apply the distributive property.

Apply the distributive property.

Apply the distributive property.

Simplify and combine like terms.

Simplify each term.

Multiply by .

Move to the left of .

Rewrite as .

Multiply by .

Subtract from .

Apply the distributive property.

Simplify.

Multiply by .

Multiply by .

Simplify by adding terms.

Subtract from .

Add and .

Since is on the right side of the equation, switch the sides so it is on the left side of the equation.

Move all terms containing to the left side of the equation.

Subtract from both sides of the equation.

Subtract from .

Move all terms to the left side of the equation and simplify.

Move to the left side of the equation by adding it to both sides.

Add and .

Use the quadratic formula to find the solutions.

Substitute the values , , and into the quadratic formula and solve for .

Simplify.

Simplify the numerator.

Raise to the power of .

Multiply by .

Multiply by .

Subtract from .

Rewrite as .

Factor out of .

Rewrite as .

Pull terms out from under the radical.

Multiply by .

Simplify .

The final answer is the combination of both solutions.

The result can be shown in multiple forms.

Exact Form:

Decimal Form:

Solve for y 3/(y-2)-2=1/(y-1)