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Rational Numbers
Rational Numbers

## • The term, Rational Numbers, refers to any number that can

be written as a fraction.
• This includes fractions that are reduced, fractions that can
be reduced, mixed numbers, improper fractions, and even
integers and whole numbers.
• An integer, like 4, can be written as a fraction by putting the
number 1 under it.

4
4=
1
Types of Rational Numbers
2
• Reduced Fractions:
3
4
• Not Reduced Fractions:
6
1
• Mixed Numbers: 5
4
• Improper Fractions: 6
4 6
• Integers and Whole Numbers:
1
Simplifying Fractions
• Simplifying fractions by dividing the numerator (top
number) and denominator (bottom number) by the
same value.
• Repeat this until there are no more numbers that
divide into both the numerator & denominator.
4 ¸2 2
• Example: =
6 ¸2 3
15 ¸5 3
• Example: =
10 ¸5 2
• Example: 36 ¸6 6
=
42 ¸6 7
Simplifying Fractions

## • Example: 15 is already simplified.

14
• Example: 3 2 = 3×5 + 2 = 17 is already simplified.
5 5 5
(Rewrite mixed numbers as improper fractions before
you simplify.)
36 ¸2 18 ¸3 6
• Example: = =
42 ¸2 21 ¸3 7
(If after you divide, the fraction can still be
simplified, keep going.)
• First they must have a common denominator.
• Next, look at the signs. If they have the same signs you
add the absolute values and keep the sign.
• If they have different signs subtract the absolute values
keep the sign of the larger absolute value.
Use the song to help remind you if you need to:
http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=286228
Subtracting Rational Numbers
• First they must have a common denominator.
• Next, rewrite subtraction as addition – keep-change-
change.
Use the song to help remind you if you need to:
http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=286228
Getting a Common Denominator
• Use this formula to get two fractions to have a
common denominator:

2 4
+
3 5 Common Denominator = 3•5=15.

2 4 2 ×5 + 4 ×3
+ =
3 5 15
2 4 2 × 5+ 4 × 3 22 7
+ = = =1 Simplify if possible.
3 5 15 15 15
More Examples

3 1 18 4 22 22 ¸2 11
1) + = + = = =
4 6 24 24 24 24 ¸2 12
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Divide to Simplify.
Common Denominator

5 3 5× 2 + 3×8 34 34 ¸2 17
2) + = = = =
8 2 8 ×2 16 16 ¸2 8
More Examples

## 6 10 6 -10 Change Subtraction to Addition.

3) - = + (Keep-Change_Change.)
5 3 5 3
6 × 3 -10 × 5 18 + ( -50) -32
= + = =
5× 3 3× 5 15 15

## Note: A fraction with a negative numerator

or denominator is a negative fraction.

-32 32 32
= =-
15 -15 15
More Examples
(Keep-Change-Change.).
1 5 13 11 -13 -11
4) - 3 - 1 =- - = +
4 6 4 6 4 6

## -13 -11 (-13)× 6 (-11)× 4 -78 -44 -122 -61

+ = + = + = =
4 6 4×6 6×4 24 24 24 12
Get Common Denominator Simplify.
You Try It!
Find each sum or difference.

3 4 1 7
1) + 2) -
5 3 8 10

2 1 1 1
3) 5 + (-2 ) 4) - 3 -
5 4 2 5
Solutions
3 4 3 ×3 + 4× 5 29
1) + = =
5 3 5 ×3 15
1 7 1 -7 1×10 + (-7) ×8 -46 23
2) - = + = = =-
8 10 8 10 8 ×10 80 40
2 1 27 9 27× 4 9×5 108 45 63 3
3) 5 +(-2 ) = +(- ) = +(- ) = +(- ) = = 3
5 4 5 4 5× 4 4×5 20 20 20 20

1 1 7 1 -7 -1 (-7)5 + (-1)2 37
4) - 3 - = - - = + = =-
2 5 2 5 2 5 2 ×5 10