Simplifying Rational Expressions
Lauren Bailey, Venea King, and Jamal West
In order to simplify a rational expression, first you cancel off any common factors or in other words "Combine-Like-Terms".
For example, the equation:
Steps for Simplifying Rational Expression
Step 1: Factor out your quadratic equation(s) on the top and bottom.
Step 2: Cancel anything that has a matching factor in the denominator.
Step 3: Rewrite your equation so that only the none canceled portion is displayed.
What Happens When You Can't Simplify?
When a problem is unsolvable, or unfactorable, you should write down that it is either fully simplified or that it there is no real answer for the problem.
Since the numerator portion of this equation is unfactorable, there is no way to simplify it. Therefore, the final answer should be "Fully Simplified" or "Unfactorable".