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Multiply and Divide Rational Expressions

# Multiply and Divide Rational Expressions - Multiplying...

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Multiplying Rational Expressions Q and S do not equal 0. Step 1: Factor both the numerator and the denominator. If you need a review on factoring, feel free to go back to Tutorial 7: Factoring Polynomials. Step 2: Write as one fraction. Write it as a product of the factors of the numerators over the product of the factors of the denominators. DO NOT multiply anything out at this point. Step 3: Simplify the rational expression. If you need a review on factoring, feel free to go back to Tutorial 8: Simplifying Rational Expressions. Step 4: Multiply any remaining factors in the numerator and/or denominator. If you need a review on multiplying polynomials, feel free to go back to Tutorial 6: Polynomials.

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Example 1: Multiply . View a video of this example Step 1: Factor both the numerator and the denominator AND Step 2: Write as one fraction. * Factor the num. and den. In the numerator we factored a difference of squares.
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