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# Need help with solving in Alpha and getting the steps

Posted 10 years ago
 Hi all, I am new to the community and could use some help solving the following equation, the site will give me the answer but when I click on step by step instructions it will not pull them up, which is what I thought I was paying for :/ Solve. ((5)/(p-2))-((7)/(p+2))=((12)/(p^2-4)) Thank you in advance for your help! :D
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Posted 10 years ago
 OK good deal, thank you.
Posted 10 years ago
 Hi Janet, this a peculiar bug you have found and we're looking into it now.You can see the steps by avoiding the period in your query, i.e. Solve ((5)/(p-2))-((7)/(p+2))=((12)/(p^2-4)): http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=Solve+((5)/(p-2))-((7)/(p%2B2))=((12)/(p^2-4))You have the ability to see step from Wolfram|Alpha and Mathematica, but accessing them through Wolfram|Alpha is encouraged because hints are only available this way.
Posted 10 years ago
 Great, thank you Marco, that is exactly what I was looking for! :) Not sure why it wouldn't pull up for me, but it continually refused when I clicked on the show steps button. (said no results available, please try your query again) And yes, I was referring to Wolfram Alpha, is Mathematica where I should be to get the steps laid out? This is something that happens to me about 50% of the time. I'd really like to not have to bother others with it. Thanks again.
Posted 10 years ago
 Dear Janet,it seems to be doing exactly what you are paying for. You probably speak about Wolfram Alpha not Mathematica, I assume. Copying your equation in and hitting enter, you get to a window where you can click on "show steps". This gives you:It is not quite clear what went wrong when you did it. Anyway, it works just fine.Cheers, Marco
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