Here is an example of how to solve a rational equation. Remember to read the lesson on this topic.

Basic steps to follow:

1. First if the rational equation is a proportion (one fraction = one fraction) than cross multiply to solve

2. However if the rational equation is not a proportion find the LCD of all the rational terms; multiply the entire equation by the LCD to clear fractions and solve remaining equation

3. All solutions must be verified to ensure they are not “extraneous” or false solutions

Important habits to master math:

1. write out all steps

2. be very neat

3. use pencil not pen

4. review your work as your go

5. make sure you know the basics like fractions, positive and negative numbers and order of operations