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Multiplying & Dividing Rational Expressions

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Simplified form of a rational expression - Means the numerator and denominator have NO common factors. To simplify: 1) Factor everything. 2) Cancel common factors. ***Remember-only cancel factors don’t cancel addends.

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Examples Examples: Simplify.

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Multiply To multiply: 1)FACTOR everything. 2)Cancel common FACTORS. 3)Multiply the numerators then multiply the denominators.

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Multiply These are opposites. Factor a negative out of one of them.

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Divide: Remember to divide fractions you multiply by the reciprocal. (Flip the one you are dividing BY then multiply.) To divide: 1)Flip the divisor. 2)FACTOR everything. 3)Cancel common FACTORS. 4)Multiply the numerators then multiply the denominators.

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Multiplication AND Division EXAMPLE!!!

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