Hello, this is my 3rd ime taking a beginning Algegra class. For what ever reason I can't seem to retain the information and quite frankly math makes my head hurt and i want to cry. Could you please explain to me this problem. I think it is a trick question but i think all Algebra is tricky

(x^4-1) / (x-1)

the examples in my books does not give examples that resemble this only examples that look like (x^2 + x-12) / (x^2 - 3x)

the steps given in the examples are hard to relate to the question I need help understanding

Please help. April