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### Dividing Fractions

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Date: 8/17/96 at 16:34:16
From: Anonymous
Subject: Dividing Two Fractions

What is one-half divided by three-fourths?
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Date: 8/18/96 at 1:4:8
From: Doctor Paul
Subject: Re: Dividing Two Fractions

To divide fractions, what we really do is multiply by the reciprocal.

For example:

a
---
b            a     d
-----   =     --- * ---
c            b     c
---
d

so 1/2  /   3/4

is equal to:

1     4
--- * ---
2     3

To multiply fractions, we just multiply straight across:

4
---
6

and that reduces to

2
---
3

I hope this helps you.

Regards,

-Doctor Paul,  The Math Forum
Check out our web site!  http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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Elementary Fractions

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