Find constants A and B such that

(x+7)/(x²-x-2)+a/(x-2)+b/(x+1)

for all x such that x is not equal to -1 and x is not equal to 2. Give your answer as the ordered pair (A,B).

Guest Aug 14, 2020

#1**+1 **

Notice that x-2 and x+1 are factors of x^2-x-2.

\(\frac{x+7}{x^2-x-2}=\frac{a}{x-2}+\frac{b}{x+1}\\ \frac{x+7}{x^2-x-2}=\frac{a(x+1)}{x^2-x-2}+\frac{b(x-2)}{x^2-x-2}\\ x-7=a(x+1)+b(x-2)\\ x-7=ax+a+bx-2b\\\)

ax+bx must add up to the x term on the left side, which is x. a-2b must subtract to the constant on the left side, -7. We then have a system of equations.

a+b=1

a-2b=-7

We find that a= -5/3 and b=8/3.

Guest Aug 14, 2020