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### Course: Precalculus > Unit 4

Lesson 6: Multiplying and dividing rational expressions# Multiplying & dividing rational expressions: monomials

Sal multiplies (6x³/5) X (2/3x) and divides (2x⁴/7) ➗ (5x⁴/4).

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- I didn't really get the difference between the first function being undefined for 0 and the second function being = to 0 when x = 0. Could someone explain the difference between something being undefined and something being = 0?(8 votes)
- When x=0, you will be dividing be 0, which is undefined. Why? Because dividing by 0 is like asking "how many nothings fit into this?" which is a pointless question as it would be infinite nothings that can fit into something.(12 votes)

- I've been trying to solve some problems on Khan Academy related to this subject (I stared before 6 hours) but every time I got the wrong answer! the problem is: I don't understand the notation of undefined! I watched all the videos related to this matter! I can factor, multiply, divide, manipulate..etc, but when it comes to the undefined no way!

Please, can somebody help me understand this?

Thanks in advance(5 votes)- If you input a random
into a function,**x**, c*f(x), f(x)*is undefined atif the function does not clarify what**c***f(c)*is, or if the output is somthing divided by 0 (1/0, 16/0, 0/0, etc.).

I hope that this is helpful!(2 votes)

- I'm confused at1:15, because I thought that (4x^2)/5 was equivalent to 4/5 and (x^2)/5. However, Sal sets it up as 4/5x^2 where x^2 is not being divided by 5. Any reasons why this is so?(4 votes)
- Since you are multiplying x^2 by 4, then proceeding to divide it by 5, doing 4 divided by 5 and then multiplying that my x^2 would yield the same result.(1 vote)

- Whats a "reciprocal"? (4:07)(2 votes)
- For any fraction, its reciprocal is created by flipping the fraction.

Example:

3/4: its reciprocal is 4/3

-5/2: its reciprocal is -2/5

6: Note 6 as a fraction is 6/1. Its reciprocal = 1/6

In the video, Sal is using the reciprocal of (5x^4)/4, which would be 4/(5x^4).

Hope this helps.(7 votes)

- What do you do when mixing monomials and binomials in the numerator and denominator?(4 votes)
- what is an integer or fraction as m over n in simplest form where m and n are integers?(2 votes)
- m/n is in simplest form is m and n contain no common factors.(2 votes)

- Can't you simplify 8/35?(1 vote)
- Well, to simplify fractions, you would need to find the greatest comment factor (GCF). 8 and 35 have no common factors other than one, so you would leave the fraction as it is because it is already simplified the most it can.(1 vote)

- 1:11Wow, I didn't know that fractions can be written that way! But which way would a test expect? Wouldn't they both be valid or would one be more simplified than the other?(2 votes)
- I need help with 5(3x+2)-3(2x-1)/(3x+2)^2=0, any help would be appreciated.(1 vote)
- do these steps:

5(3x+2) = 3(2x-1)/(3x+2)^2

5(3x+2)^3 = 3(2x-1) (but: in the end, check that (3x+2) is not zero, because that is an extraneous solution!)

then remove the parenthesis and solve for x (can you continue from this point onwards?)(2 votes)

- Is there a video for more than monomials?I have an upcoming quiz but my teacher says the the problems will be binomials and larger.(1 vote)

## Video transcript

- [Voiceover] So up
here, we are multiplying two rational expressions. And here, we're dividing
one rational expression by another one. Now what I encourage you
do is pause this video and think about what these
become when you multiply them. I don't know, maybe you
simplify it a little bit, and I also want you to
think about what constraints do you have to put on the x values in order for your resulting expression to be algebraically equivalent
to your original expression. So let's work it out
together just so you realize what I'm talking about. So this is going to be, in our numerator, we are going to get six x to
the third power times two, and our denominator,
we're going to have five times three x. And we can see both the
numerator and the denominator are divisible by x, so let's
divide the denominator by x. We get one there. Let's divide x to the third by x. We get x squared. And we can also see the both
the numerator and denominator are divisible by three,
so divide six by three, you get two. Divide three by three, you get one. And we are left with
two x squared times two, which is going to be four x squared over five times one times one over five. And we can also write
that as 4/5 x squared. Now someone just presented
you on the street with the expression 4/5 x squared and say, for what x is this defined? I could put any x here, x could be zero because zero squared is zero times 4/5 is just going to be zero, so
it does seems to be defined for zero, and that is true. But if someone says, how
would I have to constrain this in order for it to be
algebraically equivalent to this first expression? Well then, you'd have to say,
well, this first expression is not defined for all x. For example, if x were equal
to zero, then you would be dividing by zero right over here, which would make this undefined. So you could explicitly
call it out, x can not be equal to zero. And so if you want this to
be algebraically equivalent, you would have to make
that same condition, x cannot be equal to zero. Another way to think about
it, if you had a function defined this way, if you
said, if you said f of x is equal to six x to the third over five times two over, times two over three x; and if someone said,
well what is f of zero, you would say f of zero is undefined. Undefined. Why is that? Because you put x equals zero
there, you're going to get two divided by zero and it's undefined. But if you said, okay,
well, can I simplify this a little bit to get the
exact same function? Well, we're saying you can
say f of x is equal to 4/5 times x squared. But if you just left it at
that, you would get f of zero is equal to zero. So now it would be defined
at zero, but then this would make it a different function. These are two different
functions the way they're written right over here. Instead, to make them, to make it clear that this is equivalent to
that one, you would have to say x cannot be equal to zero. Now these functions are
equivalent because now, if u said f of zero, you'd say all right, x cannot be equal to zero, you know? This would be the case if x
is anything other than zero and it's not defined for
zero, and so you would say f or zero is undefined. So now, these two
functions are equivalent, or these two expressions are
algebraically equivalent. So thinking about that,
let's tackle this division situation here. So immediately, when you
look at this, you say, woah, what are constrains here? Well, x cannot be equal to
zero because if x was a zero, this second, this five x
to the fourth over four would be zero and you'd be
dividing, you'd be dividing by zero. So we can explicitly call
out that x cannot be equal to zero. And so if x cannot be equal to zero in the original expression, if the result, whatever we get for the
resulting expression, in order for it to be
algebraically equivalent, we have to give this same constraint. So let's multiply this,
or let's do the division. So this is going to be
the same thing as two x to the fourth power over
seven times the reciprocal, times... The reciprocal of this is
going to be four over five x to the fourth, which
is going to be equal to in the numerator, we're going
to have eight x to the fourth. So we're going to have
eight x to the fourth, four times two x to the fourth, over seven times five
x to the fourth is 35 x to the fourth. And now, there's something. We can do a little bit
of simplification here, both the numerator and the
denominator are divisible by x to the fourth, so let's
divide by x to the fourth and we get eight over 35. So once again, you just look at eight 30, Well, this is going to
be defined for any x. X isn't even involved in the expression. But if we want this to be
algebraically equivalent to this first expression,
then we have to make the same constraint, x does
not, cannot be equal to zero. And to see, you know, this
even seems a little bit more nonsensical to say
x cannot be equal to zero for an expression that
does not even involve x. But one way to think about
it is imagine a function that was defined as g of x is equal to, is equal to
all of this business here. Well, g of zero would be undefined. But if you said g of x is equal to 8/35, well now, g of zero
would be defined as 8/35, which would make it a different function. So to make them algebraically equivalent, you could say g of x is equal to 8/35, as long as x does not equal zero. And you could say it's
undefined if you want. Undefined for x equals zero. Or you don't even have to
include that second row, and that will literally
just make it undefined. But now, this expression, this algebraic expression, is equivalent to our original one even
though we had simplified it.