# Simplify a fractional expression

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In summary, a fractional expression, also known as a rational expression, is a mathematical expression with a numerator and denominator separated by a fraction bar. To simplify it, you need to factor both the numerator and denominator and cancel out common factors. The main rules for simplifying a fractional expression include factoring, cancelling out common factors, and reducing to lowest terms. Simplifying is important for easier calculations and identifying patterns. However, not all fractional expressions can be simplified if they are already in their simplest form or have no common factors to cancel out.
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Hello and welcome,

This is not a question, but rather a symbolic expression.

Would you like the expression simplified? One way is to note that $\frac{n}{p} - 1 = \frac{n - p}{p}$. How can you now simplify the denominator further?

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## What is a fractional expression?

A fractional expression is a mathematical expression that contains a numerator and a denominator separated by a fraction bar. It can also be referred to as a rational expression.

## How do you simplify a fractional expression?

To simplify a fractional expression, you need to factor both the numerator and denominator and then cancel out any common factors. This will result in a simplified form of the expression.

## What are the rules for simplifying a fractional expression?

The main rules for simplifying a fractional expression include: factoring the numerator and denominator, cancelling out common factors, and reducing to lowest terms by dividing out any remaining common factors.

## Why is it important to simplify a fractional expression?

Simplifying a fractional expression can make it easier to work with and solve in further mathematical calculations. It can also help to identify any patterns or relationships within the expression.

## Can all fractional expressions be simplified?

No, not all fractional expressions can be simplified. Some may already be in their simplest form or may not have any common factors to cancel out. In these cases, the expression cannot be simplified any further.

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