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# x +1/x - 1)^2 If x in the equation above does not equal one

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x +1/x - 1)^2 If x in the equation above does not equal one [#permalink]  02 Mar 2007, 02:17
(x +1/x - 1)^2

If x in the equation above does not equal one or zero and is replaced with - 1/x, the result is which of the following?

(x +1/x - 1)^2
(x - 1/x + 1)^2
(x^2 + 1/1 - x^2)
(x^2 - 1/1 + x^2)
- (x - 1/x + 1)^2

I hope everything is clear. If not just let me know.

Last edited by bz9 on 02 Mar 2007, 22:14, edited 1 time in total.
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A.

Are you sure it is replaced with 1/X and not -1/X?
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Sorry, edited for clarity.

Can you guys work the problem?
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bz9 wrote:
Sorry, edited for clarity.

Can you guys work the problem?

is everything typed properly now??
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if new values is (-1/x)

then I got B)

[(x-1)/(x+1)]^2
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after replacement...
[{(-1/x)+1} / {(-1/x)-1}]^2
=> [{(-1+x)/x}/{(-1-x)/x}]^2
=> [(x-1)/(-x-1)]^2
=> {(-1)(x-1)/(x+1)}^2
=> {(x-1)/(x+1)}^2

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bz9: you have typed "(x +1/x - 1)^2 "
did you really mean to type: "((x + 1)/(x-1))^2" ?

the two are definitely not the same
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Sorry,
I left this problem at work. I'll paste the entire question tomorrow.

My apologies
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Agreed B with the new data
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