|1.12 Dividing Fractions|
Division of fractions involves using the reciprocal (flipped form) of the second fraction. The reciprocal of a number is such that the product of a number and its reciprocal is 1. To get the reciprocal, simply interchange (flip) the numerator and the denominator. becomes , becomes , and so on.
After the second fraction has been flipped, the division problem turns into a multiplication problem, and the numerators and denominators are multiplied straight across.
Now, let's work through the example below. The questions below will guide you through the process.
What will be the reciprocal of ?
The correct answer is: .
What operation needs done next?
The correct answer is: Multiplication
The correct answer is:
Can be simplified?
The correct answer is: No
cannot be simplified further.
Divide and simplify
Select the correct answer.