Question #15715

2 difrent ways of dividing fractions

Expert's answer

There are three steps to divide fractions:

Step 1. Turn the second fraction (the one you want to divide by) upside-down (this is now a reciprocal).

Step 2. Multiply the first fraction by that reciprocal.

Step 3. Simplify the fraction (if needed).

There is a lengthier way of dividing fractions. It involves the use of equivalent fractions to make the denominators of both fractions the same.

Step1. Find a common denominator and convert each fraction to its equivalent value.

Step2. Since the denominators now the same we can divide the numerators.

Step 3. Simplify the fraction (if needed).

Step 1. Turn the second fraction (the one you want to divide by) upside-down (this is now a reciprocal).

Step 2. Multiply the first fraction by that reciprocal.

Step 3. Simplify the fraction (if needed).

There is a lengthier way of dividing fractions. It involves the use of equivalent fractions to make the denominators of both fractions the same.

Step1. Find a common denominator and convert each fraction to its equivalent value.

Step2. Since the denominators now the same we can divide the numerators.

Step 3. Simplify the fraction (if needed).

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