# Find the constant of a and b

Algebra

### Find the constant of a and b

Greetings all, can someone explain to me how to find the constant of a and b for which
$$\frac{a}{x+b}$$+$$\frac{2}{x-4}$$=$$\frac{3x}{(x+b)(x-4)}$$

Thank you
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### Re: Find the constant of a and b

You add fractions by getting a "common denominator". Here the denominators are x+ b and x- 4. So you need to multiply both numerator and denominator of the first fraction by x+ b and the second fraction by x- 4.

That gives $$\frac{a(x+b)}{(x+b)(x-4)}+ \frac{2(x-4)}{(x+b)(x-4)}= \frac{(a+2)x+ ab-4}{(x+b)(x-4)}= \frac{3x}{(x+b)(x-4)}$$. Can you finish?
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