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 .

Simplify each term.

Cancel the common factor 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 .

Multiply by .

Subtract from .

Multiply by .

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 .

Multiply by .

Multiply by .

Add and .

Simplify by adding terms.

Combine the opposite terms in .

Add and .

Add and .

Add and .

Add and .

Simplify .

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 .

Multiply by .

Multiply by .

Subtract from .

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

Add and .

Factor the left side of the equation.

Factor out of .

Factor out of .

Factor out of .

Rewrite as .

Factor out of .

Factor out of .

Factor.

Factor using the AC method.

Consider the form . Find a pair of integers whose product is and whose sum is . In this case, whose product is and whose sum is .

Write the factored form using these integers.

Remove unnecessary parentheses.

Multiply each term in by

Multiply each term in by .

Simplify .

Simplify by multiplying through.

Apply the distributive property.

Multiply by .

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 by adding the exponents.

Move .

Multiply by .

Multiply by .

Multiply by .

Multiply by .

Add and .

Apply the distributive property.

Simplify.

Multiply .

Multiply by .

Multiply by .

Multiply by .

Multiply by .

Multiply by .

Factor using the AC method.

Consider the form . Find a pair of integers whose product is and whose sum is . In this case, whose product is and whose sum is .

Write the factored form using these integers.

If any individual factor on the left side of the equation is equal to , the entire expression will be equal to .

Set the first factor equal to and solve.

Set the first factor equal to .

Add to both sides of the equation.

Set the next factor equal to and solve.

Set the next factor equal to .

Subtract from both sides of the equation.

The final solution is all the values that make true.

Solve for y (y-5)/(y+1)+1=(y-4)/(y+2)