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### Example Question #1 : How To Multiply Rational Expressions

Simplify (4x)/(x^{2 }– 4) * (x + 2)/(x^{2 }– 2x)

**Possible Answers:**

x/(x + 2)

x/(x – 2)^{2}

4/(x + 2)^{2}

(4x^{2 }+ 8x)/(x^{4 }+ 8x)

4/(x – 2)^{2}

**Correct answer:**

4/(x – 2)^{2}

Explanation:

Factor first. The numerators will not factor, but the first denominator factors to (x – 2)(x + 2) and the second denomintaor factors to x(x – 2). Multiplying fractions does not require common denominators, so now look for common factors to divide out. There is a factor of x and a factor of (x + 2) that both divide out, leaving 4 in the numerator and two factors of (x – 2) in the denominator.

### Example Question #2 : How To Multiply Rational Expressions

what is 6/8 X 20/3

**Possible Answers:**

5

120/11

18/160

3/20

9/40

**Correct answer:**5

Explanation:

6/8 X 20/3 first step is to reduce 6/8 -> 3/4 (Divide top and bottom by 2)

3/4 X 20/3 (cross-cancel the threes and the 20 reduces to 5 and the 4 reduces to 1)

1/1 X 5/1 = 5

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