Ok welcome to this last lesson in the chapter the topic is simplifying rational expressions. Knowing how to simplify a rational expression is really important in algebra so you want to focus on the skills I’m going to teach. A rational expression is basically a fraction with variables. So simplifying a rational expression can be thought of as “reducing” a fraction with variables.
Things to focus on this lesson:
• what a rational expression is
• factoring
• how to cancel like factors
Chapter 9 Lesson 4
Simplifying Rational Expressions
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Great Job! you finished the entire chapter. Let’s review some of the skills you should have this far into the course: * being able to solve equations and inequalities * understanding how to graph lines * knowing how to work with powers and exponents * being able to solve percent problems * knowing how to simplify rational expressions In the next chapter we will start to learn about systems and matrices key topics in algebra Introduction to Systems and Matrices

Lesson 1: Ratios and Proportions Lesson 3: Direct and Inverse Variation Lesson 4: Simplifying Rational Expressions Section Practice Problems Below: 