In Lesson 10.1.2 you will focus on multiplying and dividing rational expressions. Recall what you learned about multiplying and dividing fractions in a previous course as you answer the questions below. To help you, the following examples have been provided.
Without a calculator, multiply
and reduce the result. Then use a calculator to check your answer. Describe your method for multiplying fractions.
After multiplying all numbers in the numerator and the denominator, look for factors that simplify to one.
Without a calculator, divide
and reduce the result. Then use a calculator to check your answer. Describe your method for dividing fractions.
Rewrite the expression as a product.
Multiply the numerators and the denominators to find their product.