 # Pre-Calculus Sec 1.4 Rational Expressions Objectives: To review domain To simplify rational expressions.

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Pre-Calculus Sec 1.4 Rational Expressions Objectives: To review domain To simplify rational expressions

Vocabulary A quotient of two algebraic expressions is a fractional expression. A rational expression is a fractional expression where both the numerator and denominator are polynomials.

Domain The domain of an algebraic expression is the set of real numbers that the variable is permitted to have. Some basic expressions and their domains.

Ex 1. Find the domain of each expression. a) b) c)

Class Work Find the domain of each expression. 1.2.

Simplifying Rational Expressions Ex 2. Simplify. a) b)

To multiply rational expressions, we use this property of fractions: Multiplying Rational Expressions

Ex 3. Perform the indicated operation and simplfy.

Dividing Rational Expressions To divide rational expressions, we use this property of fractions:

Ex 4. Perform the indicated operation and simplify.

Class Work Multiply or divide and simplify. 3) 4) 5)

Adding & Subtracting Rational Expressions To add or subtract rational expressions, we first find a common denominator and then use this property of fractions:

Ex 4. Perform the indicated operation & simplfy. a) b)

Class Work 6) 7)

Compound Fractions A compound fraction is a fraction in which the numerator, the denominator, or both, are themselves fractional expressions.

Ex 5. Simplify

Common Errors to Avoid

Hw #4 p41 1,4,5,7,10,11,15 22,25,27,34,39,42,45,49,51

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