Simplify the expression

Jensi

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Hello

How do I simplify from this (x^2+3x+1)/(x+1) to x+2-(1/x+1)?

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tkhunny

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Long division?
 

MarkFL

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\(\displaystyle \frac{x^2+3x+1}{x+1}=\frac{x^2+3x+2-1}{x+1}=\frac{(x+2)(x+1)-1}{x+1}=x+2-\frac{1}{x+1}\)

But yeah, division is more general:

\(\displaystyle \begin{array}{c|rr}& 1 & 3 & 1 \\ -1 & & -1 & -2 \\ \hline & 1 & 2 & -1 \end{array}\)

This tells us:

\(\displaystyle \frac{x^2+3x+1}{x+1}=x+2-\frac{1}{x+1}\)
 
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