Elementary and Intermediate Algebra: Concepts & Applications (6th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-32184-874-8
ISBN 13: 978-0-32184-874-1

Chapter 6 - Rational Expressions and Equations - 6.5 Complex Rational Expressions - 6.5 Exercise Set - Page 410: 56


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In order to simplify complex fractions, we first simplify the numerator and the denominator. Next, we multiply the numerator and the denominator by the reciprocal of the denominator and simplify. Thus, we see that the distributive law is important because when we multiply by the reciprocal, we must be sure to distribute every term of the reciprocal into the numerator.
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