SAT Math Multiple Choice Question 406: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 406


What is the result of dividing the two expressions above?

  • A.
  • B.
  • C.
  • D.

Correct Answer: C



Difficulty: Medium

Category: Passport to Advanced Math / Exponents

Strategic Advice: Division and factoring are interchangeable, so think of factoring out the x. Then, instead of dividing by you can multiply by its reciprocal, 2. Using these two strategies will make solving a question like this considerably easier.

Getting to the Answer: First, divide (factor) out the x by subtracting 1 from each exponent: The result is

Now, multiply each term by 2 to get this:

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