This video is all about how to simplify algebraic fractions.

Solve:

(x² – 25) / x² + 7x + 10

The question is aimed at around grade 6+ GCSE maths.

**Top Tips!**

- Always work down the page, with the equals sign in the middle
- Show each stage of your calculation
- Learn to read right to left … sometimes it’s easier to keep the value of x on the right hand side of an equation
- Think about factorising, so you can simplify the equation
- Try to keep a positive value of x
- Is your answer reasonable?

Simplify algebraic fractions questions appear in all the main examination boards, including Edexcel, AQA and OCR. They are popular and, once you have the basic principles, fairly similar. Please do stop the video, try the question and compare your solution!

Here’s some additional posts if you would like more detail and practice questions.

If you would like to find out more try these!

Simplify an algebra fraction using factorising

Expand brackets and simplify mid-level GCSE maths algebra

Here’s a playlist with some more examples

Please do leave a comment below if you are not sure. Alternately you can view my YouTube channel and leave a comment there – I’ll always try to respond as quickly as possible.

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live auto says

hi simon it would be happy if u come up with basics algerba .in ur way

(happy smiling)

Pravina Solanki says

great help cheers

Nanaesly Neon says

What if you have p-square minus 4 all over p-square?

Faith Forever says

Thanks this video is brillliant! 🙂 I have an exam tommorow!!

Grant Page says

Have you got any complicated examples of factorising?

Sharif Sircar says

Thanks

Alejandro Navarro says

thanks, that was very useful!, textbooks can’t explain it good enough.

Thanks again!

bedoor abdulla says

Man you just saved my life.

Karen B says

THANK YOU

Ben Slater says

Thanks really helpful

Martyn Smalskys says

I understand the way to simplify algebraic fractions a bit more now

marshall anderson says

very good

Chima Amobi says

hey Simon what you taught (cancelling algebraic fractions) does it apply

even if the plus and minus symbols are arranged PS thanks for the video it

helped 😉

Phoenix Feathers says

GCSEs this year, just done my mocks and this is one of the topics I messed

up on. Thanks for the help!

Trout Fishing Wales says

Thankyou

Morshada Bagum says

Kinda easy with you

Abdullah A says

Tis all good, but can you do Advanced?

James Topp says

oh and yes your 3 minute videos are great!

James Topp says

thank you this video has helped so much my maths exam is in 4 hours and

this is about all i know ahah youve made it really easy to learn!! 🙂

chriser555 says

I’m lost, no link in the description as stated.

purplekawaiilove says

Maths exam tomorrow 🙁 this was so helpful, thanks 🙂

hany nawaseb says

Smart

MrKidReactionz says

could you please explain why you do not divide (x-5) and (x+2) by x-5 like

you did to cancel out the others because i thought you would have to divide

all the numbers by x-5

apart from this minor confusion thanks a lot because it really helped

(subscribed)

SJGSpook says

Best explanation I have seen. Thanks.

WatsonisawesomeMC says

Came across EXACTLY the same question in my maths exam with exactly the

same digits…

matthew bacon says

thx

Simon Deacon says

No prob and glad to help 🙂

reubz poo says

nice one mate

Simon Deacon says

Hi – there’s a couple of videos on the channel. Try How to factorise

algebra formulas – foundation level, How to factorise algebra formulas –

cross method or How to factorise algebra formulas – higher GCSE cross

method. I hope they help and thanks for your comment. All best S

ToniKristian15 says

i wanna know how the steps to factorize a problem…Thank you..

warren marodza says

good video its jus tht rembering all the methods to math problems can be

stressful how do yu do it…

Simon Deacon says

Hi – that’s great and glad it helped 🙂

SamOwenNewton says

Really helps, thanks!