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

Basic steps to follow:

1. First understand that a rational expression is a fraction with variables

2. Simplifying a rational expression means to reduce the expression-think of it as reducing a fraction

3. Factor the numerator and denominator and cancel like factors in order to fully simplify

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