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Notes on Dividing Fractions

 

Before you can divide fractions you must understand what a reciprocal is.

 

Reciprocal is the inverse of the fraction: 

            Example 1                                                                              Example 2

The reciprocal of                                                        The reciprocal of

 

 

*** Important:  When you multiply any number by its reciprocal your product always equals 1.

Example 1                                                                              Example 2

                                                           

 

 

 

 


How to Divide Fractions:                                                              Example

 

 

but change the second fraction to its inverse

and change the operation to multiplication.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When dealing with mixed numbers you must change them into improper fractions first  - then follow the same steps as above!