# Simplifying Algebraic Fractions Worksheet

• Section 1 of the simplifying algebraic fractions worksheet contains 20+ skills-based keyword questions, in 3 groups to support differentiation
• Section 2 contains 3 applied simplifying algebraic fractions questions with a mix of worded problems and deeper problem solving questions
• Section 3 contains 3 foundation and higher level GCSE exam style simplifying algebraic fractions questions
• Answers and a mark scheme for all simplifying algebraic fractions questions are provided
• Questions follow variation theory with plenty of opportunities for students to work independently at their own level
• All questions created by fully qualified expert secondary maths teachers

Suitable for GCSE maths revision for AQA, OCR and Edexcel exam boards

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### Simplifying algebraic fractions at a glance

Algebraic fractions are fractions where the numerator, denominator, or both are algebraic expressions. Algebraic fractions can be simplified by finding common factors between the numerator and denominator and cancelling them. These common factors could be integers or algebraic expressions.  Algebraic fractions are in their simplest form when there are no more common factors between the numerator and denominator.

Often we will need to factorise the numerator and/or denominator in order to identify common factors. Algebraic fractions can consist of linear expressions, quadratic expressions or other expressions involving larger indices.

As well as simplifying single algebraic fractions, we can simplify expressions involving adding/subtracting/multiplying/dividing algebraic fractions. The same rules apply here as with numeric fractions. For example, to add or subtract algebraic fractions, we first need to write the fractions with a common denominator. We can then add/subtract the numerators giving a single fraction.

Being able to work confidently with algebraic fractions is a skill that will come in useful for A Level maths.

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