**The connection between numbers (fractions) and reducing expressions**

-Factor it

-Cancel factors found in the numerator and the denominator

-Multiply / Simplify

Reduce the following fraction

Reduce the following expression

***When we Reduce and simplify algebraic fractions follow the following 5 steps:**

**1)**Factor the numerator and the denominator

**2)**State the restrictions.

*What would make the denominator have a value of zero?

**3)**Reduce by any common terms

**4)**Factor out -1 if necessary

* (a - b) = -1(b - a)

**5)**Simplify

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Sorry for being SO late in blogging, Its just that I wasnt feeling very good all weekend. To make up for me being late I will do December 12/06 also

**Sorry Couldn't find a link forNon Permissible Values**

Do exercises:

42 omit 12

43 omit 11