Today I will discuss partial fractions of lower degree numerators.

Before I go further, let me clear a question.

#### What is a lower degree numerator?

Good question!! Isn’t it?

Let me sort that out now. So have a look at the following three expressions:

In all these expressions,

- The bottom part of the fraction is called denominator and the top part is numerator.
- In all these expressions the highest degree of the numerator is 1. This means the highest power of in the numerator is 1.
- In all these expressions the highest degree of the denominator is 1. This is because here also the highest power of is 1.

So I can conclude that in all these expressions both the numerator and denominator have the same degree.

Don’t mix up coefficients and degrees!! Coefficients are the ones which come to the front of the variable. I know probably you guys won’t, but in my undergrad days, I did it several times in a hurry!!

Let me give you a few more examples.

##### Example 1

In this expression,

- The highest power of in the numerator is 1. So the numerator has a degree 1.
- The highest power of in the denominator is 2. So the denominator’s degree is 2.

Therefore this expression has a lower degree numerator.

##### Example 2

Now I take a look at the second expression. Here:

- The highest power of in the numerator is 2. Hence the numerator has a degree 2.
- The highest power of in the denominator is also 2. So the denominator also has a degree 2.

The conclusion is both the numerator and the denominator have the same degree.

##### Example 3

Finally, I come to the third expression. Here:

- The highest power of in the numerator is 2. So the numerator has a degree 2.
- The highest power of in the denominator is 1. That means the denominator has a degree 1.

So the numerator has a higher degree than the denominator.

Okay, now I will talk about partial fractions of lower degree numerators.

If interested, you can also read my other posts on partial fractions, such as

- Partial fractions of irreducible quadratic factors
- Partial fractions of equal degree expressions
- How to get partial fractions of repeated roots
- Partial fractions of higher degree numerators

### Partial fractions of lower degree numerators

Let me solve an example.

##### Example

Write the following expression into a partial fraction form:

.

##### Solution

Note that here the numerator has a lower degree than the denominator .

First of all, I’ll try to factorise . Here I have already explained how I can factorise any expression.

So I can write as

Now I can rewrite the expression as

Let us assume

where A, B are constants.

Now

Therefore I can say,

Now we compare numerators of both sides. That is

From here we get two equations with two unknowns and like

(1)

and

(2)

Now our task is to solve equations (1) and (2) to get the values of and . I have already explained how to solve the equations of two unknowns. Here we follow the same method.

From equation (1), we can write

We substitute this value of in equation (2). Then we use simple arithmetic to get the value of .

Therefore we can say, .

Thus the partial fraction of is .

Hence I can conclude that this is the answer to this example.

So bye for today!! Hope you have enjoyed reading my post. Please leave a comment. I would appreciate very much. Thank you for your time.

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