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### Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions

To simplify an algebraic fraction, factor the numerator and denominator completely. Then cancel common factors. When multiplying or dividing, do the same thing – factor all the numerators and denominators, then cancel common factors.

If two factors in the numerator and denominator look almost the same, factor –1 out of either of the factors and see if you get two identical factors.

### Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions

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- Intro 0:00
- Simplifying Rational Expressions 0:12
- Examples: Rational Expressions
- Factoring -1 3:26
- Example
- Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions 4:50
- Multiplying
- Dividing
- Example
- Factoring 9:13
- Example
- Complex Fractions 13:15
- Example
- Lecture Example 1 15:36
- Lecture Example 2 18:25
- Additional Example 3
- Additional Example 4

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