# How to simplify algebraic fractions?

##### 1 Answer

Mar 22, 2018

There is no single method for simplifying algebraic fractions.

#### Explanation:

Some algebraic fractions can not be simplified.

For example:

Sometimes a common factor can be found in the numerator and denominator and removed.

For example:

Sometimes you can perform polynomial long division and find a simplification; but sometimes whether the result is a "simplification" is questionable:

For example:

if treated as a long division gives the result:

Is this really a simplification?