
To solve an equation containing fractions, clear denominators by multiplying each term of the equation by the least common multiple, LCM, of the denominators. Then solve for the variable. Occasionally, a value of the variable that appears to be a solution will make one or more of the denominators zero. If that happens, the equation has no solution for that value of the variable. Exercise: Solve Solution The LCM is X  5. Multiply each term by X  5 3X = 5X  25  5 3X = 5X  30 SIMPLIFY: 2X = 30 X = 15 15 checks as a solution. 