Solving fractional equations is very much like addition and subtraction of fractions,
but after the first step, you will GET RID of the denominators!
"Getting rid" of the denominators is actually changing them all to the value of
1, which of course does not need to be written, leaving us with a
denominatorfree equation. YEA!!
To "get rid" of the denominators,
What to do..... 
Why it works ... 
1. start by choosing the
common denominator for the equation.

Terms in equations are often connected by
addition or subtraction. Dealing with addition or subtraction
of fractions requires a common denominator. 
2. multiply EVERY TERM in
the equation by the common denominator.

In an equation, (unlike an expression), you may multiply "every term" on both
sides of the equal sign by the same value
and not change the equation. You maintain a balanced equation.

3. reduce each term to form a
"denominator free" equation. 
All denominators in the equation can be
reduced with our common denominator, thus leaving all equation
denominators as a value of one. 
Example 1:
Solve:


Since 5 is the only denominator, multiply the
entire equation by 5:
So:


becomes


which is

2x + 5 = 13 and
x = 4

Remember to multiply every term by 5, including the 1
(from the equation). Answer:
x = 4 
Example 2:
Solve:


The common denominator is 15. Multiply every term by 15:


5•(x) – 3•(2x) =  7
5x – 6x =  7
x = 7, so x
= 7 
Answer: x = 7
Example 3:
Solve:


The common denominator is 10. Multiply every term by 10:
Answer: x = 64
In this problem, since the first numerator (x + 3) contained more than one term,
it was necessary to use parentheses when multiplying. For problems like
this one, be sure
to WRITE OUT the problem using ( ) to avoid making careless errors.
Example 4:
Solve:


The common denominator is 2x. Multiply
each term by 2x:
Answer: x = 5 and x = 2
Since this problem is in the form of a
proportion, it can also be solved by using "cross
multiply". (In a proportion, the product of the means equals the product
of the extremes.)

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