# Ch 28: OAE Middle Grades Math: Simplifying & Solving Rational Expressions

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## OAE Middle Grades Math: Simplifying & Solving Rational Expressions - Chapter Summary

Need a quick reminder about the steps for solving rational expressions? Check out the easy-to-follow lessons in this chapter as you prepare for taking the OAE Middle Grades Mathematics test. After completing this chapter, you should capable of solving questions that deal with the following:

- Solving rational equations
- Subtracting and adding with rational expressions
- Performing multiplication and division on rational expressions
- Simplification procedures for rational equations

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### OAE Middle Grades Math: Simplifying & Solving Rational Expressions Chapter Objectives

Individuals seeking a subject-specific teaching position in Ohio may need to pass the appropriate assessments, such as the OAE Middle Grades Mathematics test. This test verifies a teacher knowledge within the four major fields of mathematics, including number operations, geometry, algebra, and statistics. The Algebra and Functions section is the largest section of this test, making up 33% of the questions, and that is where you could find questions about solving rational expressions. You will have about four hours to select answers for 150 multiple-choice questions.

### 1. How to Solve a Rational Equation

A rational equation is one that contains fractions. Yes, we will be finding a common denominator that has 'x's. But no worries! Together we will use a process that will help us solve rational equations every time!

### 2. How to Add and Subtract Rational Expressions

Adding and subtracting rational expressions brings everything you learned about fractions into the world of algebra. We will mix common denominators with factoring and FOILing.

### 3. Practice Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions

Adding and subtracting rational expressions can feel daunting, especially when trying to find a common denominator. Let me show you the process I like to use. I think it will make adding and subtracting rational expressions more enjoyable!

### 4. How to Multiply and Divide Rational Expressions

Multiplying and dividing rational polynomial expressions is exactly like multiplying and dividing fractions. Like fractions, we will reduce. With polynomial expressions we use factoring and canceling. I also give you a little mnemonic to help you remember when you need a common denominator and when you don't.

### 5. Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions: Practice Problems

Let's continue looking at multiplying and dividing rational polynomials. In this lesson, we will look at a couple longer problems, while giving you some practice multiplying and dividing.

### 6. Rational Equations: Practice Problems

Mario and Bill own a local carwash and have several complex tasks that they must use rational equations to solve for an answer. Enjoy learning how they solve these equations to help them with some of their day-to-day tasks.

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### Other Chapters

Other chapters within the Ohio Assessments for Educators - Middle Grades Mathematics: Practice & Study Guide course

- OAE Middle Grades Math: Basic Arithmetic Operations
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Solving Math Word Problems
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Properties of Numbers
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Roots & Radical Expressions
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Exponents & Exponential Expressions
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Scientific Notation
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Simplifying Whole Number Expressions
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Integers
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Rational Numbers
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Estimating & Rounding
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Number Theory
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Introduction to Fractions
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Operations with Fractions
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Introduction to Decimals
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Operations with Decimals
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Percents
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Rates, Ratios & Proportions
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Money & Consumer Math
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Factoring
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Properties of Functions
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Graphing Functions
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Monomials & Polynomials
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Writing Algebraic Expressions
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Basic Algebraic Expressions
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Algebraic Distribution
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Writing & Solving One-Step Equations
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Writing & Solving Two-Step Equations
- OAE Middle Grades Math: The Coordinate Graph
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Linear Equations
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Systems of Linear Equations
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Negative Numbers
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Absolute Value
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Inequalities
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Number Patterns & Sequences
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Measurement
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Perimeter & Area
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Polyhedrons & Geometric Solids
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Symmetry, Similarity & Congruence
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Properties of Lines
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Triangles
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Triangle Theorems & Proofs
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Similar Polygons
- OAE Middle Grades Math: The Pythagorean Theorem
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Quadrilaterals
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Circles
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Circular Arcs & Measurement
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Transformations
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Data & Graphs
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Sets
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Statistics
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Data Collection
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Samples & Populations
- OAE Middle Grades Math: Probability