Ch 18: Working with Rational Expressions: Homeschool Curriculum

About This Chapter

The Working with Rational Expressions unit of this High School Precalculus Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about rational expressions and function graphs. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our High School Precalculus Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn to work with rational expressions. There is no faster or easier way to learn about precalculus. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn how to add, subtract, multiply and divide rational expressions.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a precalculus curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and a Working with Rational Expressions unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Working with Rational Expressions Unit Objectives:

  • Discover how to solve rational equations.
  • Learn how to graph rational functions that have linear polynomials.
  • Explain how to graph rational functions that have different degrees of polynomials.
  • Learn about range, asymptotes and domain.

8 Lessons in Chapter 18: Working with Rational Expressions: Homeschool Curriculum
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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!

Graphing Rational Functions That Have Linear Polynomials: Steps & Examples

6. Graphing Rational Functions That Have Linear Polynomials: Steps & Examples

Watch this video lesson to learn how you can graph rational functions with linear polynomials in just a few steps. Also learn what kinds of functions these are and what you need to look for to graph them.

Graphing Rational Functions That Have Polynomials of Various Degrees: Steps & Examples

7. Graphing Rational Functions That Have Polynomials of Various Degrees: Steps & Examples

Graphing rational functions is not as hard or as scary as it sounds. Sure, the functions may be big, but watch this video lesson and you will see that graphing these functions can actually be easy.

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

8. 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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