Step 1: | Factor both the numerator and denominator of the fraction. Remember to write the expressions in descending order, to factor out a negative number if the leading coefficient is a negative number, and use various factoring techniques to factor each expression. |
Step 2: | Reduce the fraction. To reduce the fraction, cancel out expressions in the numerator and denominator that are exactly the same. |
Step 3: | Rewrite any remaining expressions in the numerator and denominator. |
Example 1 – Simplify:
Step 1: Factor both the numerator and denominator of the fraction. | |
Step 2: Reduce the fraction. | |
Step 3: Rewrite any remaining expressions in the numerator and denominator. |
Example 2 – Simplify:
Step 1: Factor both the numerator and denominator of the fraction. | |
Step 2: Reduce the fraction. | |
Step 3: Rewrite any remaining expressions in the numerator and denominator. |
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Example 3 – Simplify:
Step 1: Factor both the numerator and denominator of the fraction. | |
Step 2: Reduce the fraction. | |
Step 3: Rewrite any remaining expressions in the numerator and denominator. |
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Example 4 – Simplify:
Step 1: Factor both the numerator and denominator of the fraction. | |
Step 2: Reduce the fraction. | |
Step 3: Rewrite any remaining expressions in the numerator and denominator. |
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Example 5 – Simplify:
Step 1: Factor both the numerator and denominator of the fraction. | |
Step 2: Reduce the fraction. | |
Step 3: Rewrite any remaining expressions in the numerator and denominator. |