Solving Rational Equations | Summary and Q&A

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Solving Rational Equations

TL;DR

Learn how to solve rational equations by clearing away fractions and factoring to find the value of x.

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Questions & Answers

Q: How do you solve rational equations?

To solve rational equations, first eliminate fractions by finding the least common multiple and multiplying every fraction by it. Then use factoring or cross multiplication to simplify and find the value of x.

Q: What is the importance of finding the least common multiple in rational equations?

Finding the least common multiple helps clear away fractions and make the equation easier to solve. It allows you to multiply every fraction by the same number and eliminate the denominators.

Q: How does factoring help in solving rational equations?

Factoring helps simplify rational equations by breaking them down into their factors. It allows us to identify and cancel out common terms and find the roots of the equation to solve for x.

Q: When should you use cross multiplication in rational equations?

Cross multiplication is used when you have two fractions separated by an equal sign. It allows you to multiply the numerator of one fraction by the denominator of the other to simplify the equation and solve for x.

Q: How can you solve for x when there are variables in the denominators of fractions?

To solve for x when there are variables in the denominators, multiply every fraction by the least common multiple of the denominators to eliminate the fractions. Then use factoring or other algebraic techniques to find the value(s) of x.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • To solve rational equations, eliminate fractions by finding the least common multiple and multiplying every fraction by it.

  • Use factoring to simplify the equation and find the values of x.

  • Cross multiply when you have two fractions separated by an equal sign, and solve for x by taking the square root or dividing.

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