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

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Multiplying rational expressions is basically two simplifying problems put together. When **multiplying rationals**, factor both numerators and denominators and identify equivalents of one to cancel. Dividing rational expressions is the same as multiplying with one additional step: we take the reciprocal of the second fraction and change the division to multiplication.

One of the most common problem types you're going to see in your study of polynomials is going to ask you to multiply either binomials, trinomials, monomials stuff like that, so before we get into binomials let's talk about monomials. The way you work with monomials is using the same processes you would use for distributing. You take that monomial and you multiply it by everything in the other term in the another polynomial you're multiplying by it's like distributing.

When you come to binomials it's tricky because it's like double distributing, so if the double distributing makes sense you could do it that way, or lot of people use this acronym FOIL to help them with multiplying two binomials.

FOIL is an acronym for how to multiply binomials, first of all acronym means the letters stand for processes each letter in the word FOIL stands for some process we're going to do. Find the products of the first terms that's what f is, outers, inner terms and last terms and write them as a polynomial, that's what FOIL stands for it only works for product of binomials meaning you're multiplying two things that have two terms each that's when you'll use the FOIL process, so you could do this also somewhere you guys you're going to see the area model for multiplying polynomials and we'll get into that during other videos but FOIL is what I really want you guys to remember is pretty commonly used but just please please please only use FOIL when multiplying two binomials.