Posted by **Jayde** on Thursday, August 5, 2010 at 7:08pm.

Why is it necessary to perform a check when solving rational equations?

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**Lynn**, Thursday, August 5, 2010 at 7:26pm
Jayde I already told you that you must perform a check because you may get answers that do not check out in the original equation.

Apparently you do not believe me so if anyone else would explain to her!

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**Jayde**, Thursday, August 5, 2010 at 7:33pm
But Mom I want to make sure!

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**bobpursley**, Thursday, August 5, 2010 at 8:17pm
Mom is right. This happens often when during the operation you square something, or take the square root of something.

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**Jayde**, Thursday, August 5, 2010 at 8:37pm
Thank you Mr. Bob (& Mom) but I had to check! :)

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**barb**, Friday, August 6, 2010 at 12:36pm
double checking your work is a good idea because if you made an error, say that you meant to write one number and accidently wrote another number, that would throw the whole equation off. If you check your answer, you will catch the error.

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