Multiply both sides of the equation by .

Remove parentheses.

Combine and .

Reorder factors in .

Subtract from both sides of the equation.

To write as a fraction with a common denominator, multiply by .

Combine the numerators over the common denominator.

Apply the distributive property.

To write as a fraction with a common denominator, multiply by .

Combine the numerators over the common denominator.

Simplify the numerator.

Subtract from .

Add and .

Factor out of .

Factor out of .

Factor out of .

Factor out of .

Multiply both sides of the equation by .

Apply the distributive property.

Rewrite using the commutative property of multiplication.

Multiply by .

Factor out of .

Factor out of .

Factor out of .

Rewrite as .

Divide each term in by .

Cancel the common factor of .

Cancel the common factor.

Divide by .

Divide by .

Solve for y (y+a)/a=(y+b)/b