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Simplifying Rational Functions with Factoring and GCFs  Problem 7
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
If you have a binomial in top of a fraction and monomial in the bottom, many students get confused about which parts can be reduced. Here, we look at a strategy of rewriting the fraction as two separate fractions, and then reducing each one separately. This technique is commonly used in simplifying in the last step of the quadratic formula. Another method is to factor out the GCF, or greatest common factor of both terms in the top, and then reducing that GCF with the denominator.
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Alissa Fong
M.A. in Secondary Mathematics, Stanford University
B.S., Stanford University
Alissa has a quirky sense of humor and a relatable personality that make it easy for students to pay attention and understand the material. She has all the math tips and tricks students are looking for.
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Simplifying Rational Functions with Factoring and GCFs
Problem 1 6,166 viewsSimplify and find any excluded values.
4x³ 16x 
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Problem 2 5,665 viewsSimplify and find any excluded values.
18x³ 6x + 12 
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Problem 3 4,996 viewsSimplify and find any excluded values.
8m + 16 2m² + 5m + 2 
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Problem 4 4,602 viewsSimplify and find any excluded values.
9 − 3x 3x² − 9 − 6x 
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Problem 5 745 views 
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Problem 7 671 views 
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