# Evaluate Rational Expressions Worksheet

## 6 problems

Evaluating rational expressions involves calculating the value of expressions that contain fractions or ratios of polynomials when given specific values for the variables. This process helps students understand how to work with more complex algebraic structures and enhances their skills in simplifying and manipulating fractions within algebraic contexts. It is an important concept for mastering algebra and preparing for higher-level math courses.

Algebra 1
Expressions

## How Will This Worksheet on "Evaluate Rational Expressions" Benefit Your Students' Learning?

• Teaching how to substitute values into rational expressions.
•  Improving ability to simplify complex fractions.
•  Increasing confidence with algebraic fractions.
•  Reinforcing foundational algebra skills.
•  Preparing for advanced algebra and calculus concepts.
•  Applying mathematical concepts to real-world situations.
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## Solved Example

Q. Evaluate the expression for $x = 6$.$\newline$Write your answer in simplest form.$\newline$$\frac{x - 5}{-x + 4} =$__
Solution:
1. Identify Expression: Identify the expression after substituting $x = 6$$\newline$Substitute $6$ for $x$ in $\frac{x - 5}{-x + 4}$.$\newline$$\frac{6 - 5}{-6 + 4}$
2. Substitute and Simplify: Evaluate $6 - 5$$\newline$$6 - 5 = 1$$\newline$Numerator: $1$
3. Evaluate Numerator: Evaluate $-6 + 4$$-6 + 4 = -2$Denominator: $-2$
4. Evaluate Denominator: $\frac{1}{(-2)}$$\newline$Rewrite the fraction in simplest form.$\newline$The fraction is already in its simplest form, as $1$ is the smallest positive integer and cannot be simplified further.$\newline$$= \frac{1}{(-2)}$

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