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Ch 17: WEST Math: Rational Expressions

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Make sure your rational expressions skills are at their best before taking the WEST Math exam. Watch our self-guided video lessons and get top-notch preparation techniques for the test.

WEST Math: Rational Expressions - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, we focus specifically on the properties of rational expressions, such as:

  • Simplifying complex rational expressions
  • Solving rational equations
  • Multiplying and dividing rational expressions
  • Adding and subtracting rational expressions
  • Reciprocals in rational expressions

Our short video lessons are crafted by expert math instructors dedicated to your success. You'll have access to common problems involving rational expressions, as well as step-by-step solutions that are easy to follow. Each lesson concludes with a short quiz, so you can assess your skills and ask for help from our teachers if needed.

6 Lessons in Chapter 17: WEST Math: Rational Expressions
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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.

How to Add and Subtract Rational Expressions

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.

How to Solve a Rational Equation

3. 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!

Division and Reciprocals of Rational Expressions

4. 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

5. 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.

Analyzing the Graph of a Rational Function: Asymptotes, Domain, and Range

6. Analyzing the Graph of a Rational Function: Asymptotes, Domain, and Range

A rational function arises from the ratio of two polynomial expressions. The graphs of rational functions often have distinct characteristics. In this lesson, we look at how to analyze some of those characteristics.

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