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Simplifying Rational Functions with Factoring and GCFs  Problem 5
Alissa Fong
Alissa Fong
MA, Stanford University
Teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area
Alissa is currently a teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area and Brightstorm users love her clear, concise explanations of tough concepts
We can reduce fractions when there is a common factor on top and bottom. Essentially, this represents multiplying by 1, so we can "cancel" out common terms. Be careful, though you can cross out common factors only, which means the terms have to be being multiplied by something. If they are being added or subtracted to something, then they're not factors and not "eligible" for being crossed out. Here, we look for greatest common factors that happen to be monomials, and then cross out common factors on top and bottom. Lastly, we look at a way to check your work using substitution.
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Alissa Fong
M.A. in Secondary Mathematics, Stanford University
B.S., Stanford University
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Simplifying Rational Functions with Factoring and GCFs
Problem 1 6,474 viewsSimplify and find any excluded values.
4x³ 16x 
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Problem 2 5,994 viewsSimplify and find any excluded values.
18x³ 6x + 12 
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Problem 3 5,255 viewsSimplify and find any excluded values.
8m + 16 2m² + 5m + 2 
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Problem 4 4,929 viewsSimplify and find any excluded values.
9 − 3x 3x² − 9 − 6x 
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Problem 5 886 views 
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Problem 9 752 views 
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