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2-12.

Carmel wants to become a “Fraction Master.” He has come to you for instruction. Homework Help ✎

Help Carmel by demonstrating and explaining every step necessary to simplify the problem below.

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*Oh no!”*exclaimed Carmel. “*This one is hard!”*Show him every step he needs to simplify the problem below. (Note that from this point on in the course, you may assume that all values of a variable that would make a denominator zero are excluded.)

Change to common denominator.

Now just subtract the fractions.

Change to common denominator. (2*xy*)

Add the fractions to get one fraction.