Solving Rational Equations

In this lesson I will teach you how to solve rational equations.  This is a big topic and requires many skills so if you find yourself struggling in any area do the smart thing and review/improve your weaknesses.  Ok, as you may already know the term “rational” implies fraction – so, this lesson is really about solving equations with fractions composed of variables and polynomials.  One of things I will be teaching you in the lesson is how to clear all the fractions in a rational equation.  This step however, can cause the resulting new equation to form extraneous (extra) solutions.   As such, all the solutions we get need to be verified and checked- this is not an optional step.  Like I said, solving rational equations can be pretty involved so take your time and watch the lesson as much as you need to.  Of course, take excellent notes and practice is a must.