Ch 32: MTEL Mathematics (Elementary): Properties of Rational Functions

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Learn about rational functions in this chapter of the MTEL Elementary Mathematics exam study guide. Video lessons and self-assessment quizzes teach you all you need to know about mathematics in preparation for the MTEL exam.

MTEL Elementary Mathematics: Properties of Rational Functions - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter help you review the properties of rational functions in preparation for your MTEL exam, including how to multiply and divide rational expressions, how to add and subtract rational expressions, and how to solve a rational equation. Reciprocals of rational expressions and simplifying complex rational expressions are also covered in this chapter. By the end of this chapter, you should be familiar with:

  • Multiplying and dividing rational expressions
  • Adding and subtracting rational expressions
  • Solving rational equations
  • Division and reciprocals of rational expressions
  • Simplifying complex rational expressions

These short, engaging video lessons are accompanied by transcripts with important terms in bold type. The accompanying self-assessment quizzes can also be printed as worksheets to help you prepare for the MTEL exam. As you complete each chapter of the study guide, you can track your progress by visiting your dashboard.

8 Lessons in Chapter 32: MTEL Mathematics (Elementary): Properties of Rational Functions
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How to Multiply and Divide Rational Expressions

1. 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.

Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions: Practice Problems

2. 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.

How to Add and Subtract Rational Expressions

3. 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.

Practice Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions

4. 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!

How to Solve a Rational Equation

5. 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!

Rational Equations: Practice Problems

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.

Division and Reciprocals of Rational Expressions

7. Division and Reciprocals of Rational Expressions

In this video lesson, you will learn how to divide and take the reciprocal of any rational expression. Learn the one easy step you take to be able to find your answer quickly and easily.

Simplifying Complex Rational Expressions

8. Simplifying Complex Rational Expressions

When it comes to fractions, things may seem to get really complicated and scary when you have a fraction on top of a fraction. But never fear, after watching this video lesson, you will be able to simplify these expressions like a pro.

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