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Fractions Review (page 5 of 5) Sections: Reducing fractions, Mixed numbers and improper fractions, Multiplying and dividing fractions, Adding and subtracting fractions, Adding polynomial fractions The procedure for adding numerical fractions works perfectly well on rational expressions, too:
First, find the LCM: Then convert and simplify: As you can see from the above example, even if your calculator can do numerical fractions for you, you will still need to know the commondenominator algorithm (the "alwaysthesame process" for finding common denominators), because, when you get to rational expressions (polynomial fractions), your calculator won't likely be able to help you.
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