Multiply rational expressions by simplifying or reducing the fractions, multiply the top rows of the equation and then multiply the bottom rows. The process is the same as multiplying fractions.
- Simplify the fractions
Simplify the fractions the same way you do when multiplying regular fractions. Use cancelling, common denominators and common factors between the top and bottom rows to get a simplified equation.
- Multiply the numbers and expressions across the top rows
Write the answer on the top row.
- Multiply the numbers and expressions across the bottom rows
Write the answer on the bottom row.
- Simplify again if necessary
Check the final answer to ensure it can't be reduced any further.