   Chapter 4.2, Problem 52PS

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Textbook Problem

Suppose that your friend missed class the day the material in this section was discussed. How could you draw on her background in arithmetic to explain to her how to multiply and divide rational expressions?

To determine

To explain:

The multiplication and division of rational expressions.

Explanation

The multiplication of the two or more rational expressions is done by the two methods first multiply all the terms and then simplify and second, simplify it first and then multiply. Simplifying here means factorizing. The answer that is obtained in both methods is the same. Some rational expressions are in the quadratic form for e.g. p2+4p+42p2p10×2p5p. Factorize the numerator and denominator into the simplest form (p+2)(p<

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