Also, you can click on the following rational equation to watch a video solution.

The basic steps for solving these equations are as follows:

**Step 1**: Factor all denominators and determine the LCD.

**Step 2**: Identify the restrictions.

**Step 3**: Multiply both sides of the equation by the LCD. Distribute carefully and then simplify.

**Step 4**: Solve the resulting equation.

**Step 5**: Check for extraneous solutions.

The complete solution is presented below:

Basically, we multiply both sides of the equation by the LCD as a means to clear the fractions. This introduces the possibility for extraneous solutions and so we must check our answers. Look for more Chapter 7 videos here.