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Problem 73 Hard Difficulty

Suppose that $ F $, $ G $, and $ Q $ are polynomials and
$$ \frac{F(x)}{Q(x)} = \frac{G(x)}{Q(x)} $$
for all x except when $ Q(x) = 0 $. Prove that $ F(x) = G(x) $ for all $ x $. [Hint: Use continuity.]

Answer

$$\begin{aligned}
F(a) &=\lim _{x \rightarrow a} F(x) & &[\text { by continuity of } F] \\
&=\lim _{x \rightarrow a} G(x) & &[\text { whenever } Q(x) \neq 0] \\
&=G(a) & &[\text { by continuity of } G]
\end{aligned}$$

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