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Re: rationalize numerator of quotient

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  • Subject: [mg81182] Re: rationalize numerator of quotient
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2007 03:49:28 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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Yes, that does it, thank you.  Of course I was hoping there was some way 
to coerce Mathematica to do it without my explicitly operating upon the
numerator and denominator separately.

I don't know any English-language term for the operation except
something like, "multiply numerator and denominator by the same
quantity".  (Or, as I like to tell my students:  Multiply the fraction
by 1.  Today 1 is .../.... .)

Szabolcs Horv=E1t wrote:
> Murray Eisenberg wrote:
>> I have a quotient such as:
>>    (Sqrt[x] - 2)/(x-4)
>> I want to "rationalize the numerator" by multiplying numerator and
>> denominator each by Sqrt[x] + 2 so as to obtain result:
>>    1/(Sqrt[x]+2)
>> How?
> If you mean doing it automatically for any fraction, then I have no
> answer for you ... If you would like to do it manually, then try this:
> expansion[frac_, mul_] :=
>  Expand[Numerator[frac] mul]/(Denominator[frac] mul)
> (What is the operation of multiplying the numerator and denominator by 
> the same factor called in English?  I used the name "expansion" here, a
> literal translation from my mother tongue, but I am sure it is not
> correct.)
> expansion[(Sqrt[x] - 2)/(x-4), Sqrt[x]+2]

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