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.

Apply the distributive property.

Multiply by .

Cancel the common factor of .

Factor out of .

Cancel the common factor.

Rewrite the expression.

Apply the distributive property.

Multiply by .

Multiply by .

Simplify by adding terms.

Add and .

Add and .

Simplify .

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 .

Multiply by .

Add to both sides of the equation.

Divide each term by and simplify.

Divide each term in by .

Cancel the common factor of .

Cancel the common factor.

Divide by .

The result can be shown in multiple forms.

Exact Form:

Decimal Form:

Solve for z 5/(3z+1)+2/(z-2)=0