Multiplying Rational Expressions

To multiply rational expressions:

  1. Completely factor all numerators and denominators.

  2. Reduce all common factors.

  3. Either multiply the denominators and numerators or leave the answer in factored form.

Example 1

Simplify equation.

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This last answer could be either left in its factored form or multiplied out. If multiplied out, it becomes equation

Example 2

Simplify equation.

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Example 3

Simplify equation.

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