# Ch 25: GACE Middle Grades Math: Rational Expressions

### About This Chapter

## GACE Middle Grades Math: Rational Expressions - Chapter Summary

Generally, rational expressions include equations with fractions, and the rules for solving these types of equations change for various reasons. To learn more about those reasons and to find out exactly how to solve rational expressions, watch the videos in this chapter as you study for the GACE Middle Grades Math assessment. After completing this chapter, you should know how to do the following:

- Add rational expressions
- Divide rational expressions
- Subtract rational expressions
- Multiply rational expressions

Using our study materials as part of your test-preparation process can make it easier to learn these topics. We have designed our video lessons for maximum retention, which is why each lesson is so short and to the point. The lessons also include full transcripts, which can be useful for skimming through keywords and memorizing formulas. If you find any of the topics unclear, you can always e-mail our instructors for further guidance. Feel free to practice for the GACE Middle Grades Math assessment by answering our questions on the lesson quizzes or the chapter exam.

### GACE Middle Grades Math: Rational Expressions Objectives

The GACE Middle Grades Math assessment is used in the state of Georgia as a way to confirm whether educators possess the necessary skills and knowledge of mathematics to meet state standards. Individuals will take their tests on computer and answer 45 questions, some of which may be multiple-choice, true-or-false, or something similar. There are no constructive-response questions on this test. Individuals who have a better grasp of rational expressions may be more prepared to answer questions in the subareas of algebra and arithmetic, and these particular subareas make up about two thirds of the entire test.

### 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 GACE Middle Grades Mathematics (013): Practice & Study Guide course

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