This week we learned how to simplify “ugly” fractions. These are basically fractions that will involve factoring. A way to make these questions simpler is by crossing out common factors in the denominator and numerator of the fraction. The rule that anything divided by itself is equivalent to 1 still applies to these fraction, with that being said, by crossing out the common factors on the top and bottom of the fraction it shortens the question to it’s simplest form. We also learned that it is important to know the non-permissible values of x in the denominator. It is important to know because our denominator can never equal 0. therefore the non-permissible values of this expression are -5 and -8.