# Rational expressions, equations, & functions

This topic covers: - Simplifying rational expressions - Multiplying, dividing, adding, & subtracting rational expressions - Rational equations - Graphing rational functions (including horizontal & vertical asymptotes) - Modeling with rational functions - Rational inequalities - Partial fraction expansion

This course contains 13 segments:

**Intro to rational expressions**

Learn what rational expressions are and about the values for which they are undefined.

**Simplifying rational expressions**

Learn how to simplify rational expressions by canceling factors that are shared by the numerator and the denominator. Sometimes this calls for factoring the numerator and the denominator in various ways.

**Multiplying & dividing rational expressions**

Learn how to multiply and divide rational expressions. You will be surprised to see how similar it is to multiplying and dividing fractions!

**Adding & subtracting rational expressions**

Learn how to add and subtract rational expressions. Like multiplication and division, this skill has a remarkable affinity to adding and subtracting fractions!

**Nested fractions**

Learn how to simplify rational expressions that contain further rational expressions within their numerators or denominators.

**Solving rational equations**

Learn how to solve equations that have a rational expression, or a few of those.

**Direct and inverse variation**

Learn about direct and inverse variation, which are two types of relationships between two quantities. Direct variation is simply a proportional relationship, but inverse variation is more complicated and interesting. Gain some experience with it before we dive deeper into the world of rational functions.

**End behavior of rational functions**

Learn about the ways in which rational functions behave as x approaches positive or negative infinity. This gets interesting Learn how to determine this behavior for any kind of rational function.

**Discontinuities of rational functions**

Learn about the ways in which rational functions behave when their denominator is equal to zero. This gets interesting when vertical asymptotes are involved! Learn how to determine this behavior for any kind of rational function.

**Graphs of rational functions**

Combine your knowledge of intercepts, horizontal asymptotes, vertical asymptotes, and removable discontinuities, in order to analyze entire graphs of rational functions!

**Modeling with rational functions**

See some examples of how rational functions and equations can come in handy when solving real-world word problems.

**Rational inequalities**

Learn how to solve inequalities that contain rational expressions. For instance, solve (x-3)/(x+4)≥2.

**Partial fraction expansion**

Partial fraction expansion is a method that allows us to re-write a relatively complex rational expression as the sum of simpler rational expressions. For example, it allows us to rewrite (3x-8)/(x²-4x-5) as 7/(6x-30)+11/(6x+6).

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