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# 1300_section5o4 - 2 Multiply the numerator by the...

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Math 1300 Section 5.3 Notes 1 5.4 Complex Fractions What we call a complex fraction in this section is a fraction made up of one or more fractions. Since the word complex is generally reserved for a concept you'll learn in College Algebra, a more accurate description of what you'll see in this section is complicated fractions. This type of fraction is one in which you have at least one fraction in the numerator or denominator (or both). Examples: 9 5 9 4 , 1 2 3 + x x , y xy 7 16 2 4 , 1 2 1 2 1 5 - - - + x x x Steps to simplifying complex fractions: 1. Get one fraction or monomial in each of the numerator and denominator.

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Unformatted text preview: 2. Multiply the numerator by the reciprocal of the denominator. 3. Simplify a. Factor (if necessary) and cancel b. Leave your answer in factored form Examples: Simplify the following: 1. 9 5 9 4 2. 10 3 5 4 1 + 3. 5 3 2 1 5 4-4. 8 3 2 1 4 1 5 4-+ Math 1300 Section 5.3 Notes 2 5. x x 20 6 6. 6 4 2 5 x x x x-+ 7. y x y x 1 2 4 5-+ 8. 2 2 4 8 2 +-x x x x Math 1300 Section 5.3 Notes 3 9. x x x 4 1 4 1 16 2--10. 16 2 2 6 2 2 2--+ + x x x 11. 2 1 5 4 2 6 1 2----+ + x x x x...
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## This note was uploaded on 02/21/2012 for the course MATH 1300 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at University of Houston.

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1300_section5o4 - 2 Multiply the numerator by the...

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