How to divide two fractions, Mathematics

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Q. How to divide two fractions?If you want to divide two fractions,

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You invert the second fraction (that means, turn it upside-down) and multiply (change the division to a multiplication):

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That's easy, right? Just be sure it's the second fraction you invert, and not the first!

Note: in Algebra and higher, we don't use the x sign any more. We just use fraction bars. Instead of writing 5 / 3, we write:

5/3

So, when you see something that looks like this:

(7/8)/(3/5)

It's really a division problem in disguise!

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Fractions like that, which have fractions inside them, are called compound fractions. (No, not "compound fractures"!!!) These compound fractions aren't mysterious. They're just divisions.


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