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Holt McDougal Algebra 2 Solving Rational Equations and Inequalities Solving Rational Equations and Inequalities Holt Algebra 2Holt McDougal Algebra 2 How do we solve rational equations and inequalities?

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Holt McDougal Algebra 2 Solving Rational Equations and Inequalities To solve a rational equation, start by multiplying each term of the equation by the least common denominator (LCD) of all of the expressions in the equation. This step eliminates the denominators of the rational expression and results in an equation you can solve by using algebra.

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Holt McDougal Algebra 2 Solving Rational Equations and Inequalities Solve the equation. Multiply each term by the LCD, x. Simplify. Write in standard form. Factor. Apply the Zero Product Property. Solve for x. Note that x ≠ 0.

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Holt McDougal Algebra 2 Solving Rational Equations and Inequalities Solve the equation. Multiply each term by x + 3. Simplify. Solve for x. Note that x ≠ 3.

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Holt McDougal Algebra 2 Solving Rational Equations and Inequalities Solve the equation. Multiply by x(x + 1). Simplify. Solve for x. Note that x ≠ 1, or 0.

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Holt McDougal Algebra 2 Solving Rational Equations and Inequalities An extraneous solution is a solution of an equation derived from an original equation that is not a solution of the original equation. When you solve a rational equation, it is possible to get extraneous solutions. These values should be eliminated from the solution set. Always check your solutions by substituting them into the original equation.

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Holt McDougal Algebra 2 Solving Rational Equations and Inequalities Solve the equation. Multiply by x 2. Solve for x. Note that x ≠ 2. The solution x = 2 is extraneous because it makes the denominators of the original equation equal to 0. Therefore, the equation has no solution.

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Holt McDougal Algebra 2 Solving Rational Equations and Inequalities Solve the equation. Multiply by 2(x 8). Note that x ≠ 8. Write in standard form. Factor. Solve for x. The solution x = 8 is extraneous because it makes the denominator of the original equation equal to 0. The only solution is x = –4.

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Holt McDougal Algebra 2 Solving Rational Equations and Inequalities Solve the equation. Multiply by 6(x 1). Note that x ≠ 1. Write in standard form. Factor. Solve for x. The solution x = 1 is extraneous because it makes the denominator of the original equation equal to 0. The only solution is x = –6.

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Holt McDougal Algebra 2 Solving Rational Equations and Inequalities Lesson 6.5 Practice A

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