Multiplying Rational Expressions

Students will learn how to multiply rational expressions.



• Students will review how to multiply rational numbers.

• Students will learn how to multiply rational expressions.

• Students will learn how to cross reduce before multiplying.

• Students will learn how to simplify after multiplying.

• Students will practice these skills in their independent work.


Suggested Grades:

Seventh Grade - Eighth Grade - Ninth Grade - Tenth Grade - including special education students

Lesson Procedure:

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Lesson Excerpt:

I. Introduction

- "In our last lessons, we have been factoring and simplifying rational expressions. Now we are going to begin multiplying rational expressions. Let's go back a bit and review multiplying rational numbers, because rational numbers and rational expressions have a lot in common."
- "First, let's just review what a rational number is. A rational number can be written in fraction form, and the denominator is never 0. Now, let's take a look at multiplying rational numbers."
- On Board: (4/5)(1/3)
- "How do we go about multiplying these rational numbers?"
- Student answer- you multiply the numerator times the numerator and denominator times the denominator.
- "Good, so let's start with the numerators, 4 times 1 equals 4, and 5 times 3 equals 15. My final answer is 4/15. Are there any questions on this?"
- Pause a moment for questions. This is review and should be very familiar to the students. Make a note if any of the students do not understand this material. Any student in this category may need more review.



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