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**A rational equation is an equation where at least one denominator contains a variable.****There is a restriction on the domain. The variable cannot take on any number that would cause any denominator to be zero.****The first step in solving a rational equation is to convert the equation to an equivalent equation without denominators.****Then set the equation equal to zero and solve.****Remember that you are trying to isolate the variable.**

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**Solve for x in the following equation.**

Example 4:

The only way that a fraction can have a value of zero is when the numerator
of the fraction is zero.

The numerator equals zero when *x*-5=0. Therefore the answer is *x*=5.

You can check your answer by graphing the function f(x) = .
You will note that the graph crosses the x-axis at 5. This verifies our solution
that x=5.

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