# DIVISION: Problem 3

Rule 16: To divide three or more fractions, complete the following three steps.

1.
Change the signs to sign and invert the fractions to the right of the signs.
2.
Multiply the numerators.
3.
Multiply the denominators.
4.
Reduce the results. (See Rule 10)
a.
Factor the product of the numerators.
b.
Factor the product of the denominators.
c.
Look for the fractions that have a value of 1.

Solution: Convert the whole numbers to a fractions so that the problem

can be written

Change the division signs to multiplication signs and invert the fractions to the right of the signs.

Multiply the numerators and the denominators, but leave them in factored form.

Factor the numerator and the denominator and look for the fractions that have a value of 1.

Check: Now prove to yourself with your calculator that your answer is correct. Use the following steps on your calculator: If the answer is 5, you have successfully worked this problem.

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Author: Nancy Marcus