Rule 24: Complex Fractions
To manipulate complex fractions, just convert them to simple
fractions and follow rules 1 through 23 for simple fractions.
- Convert to a simple fraction and reduce.
- can be written
. Write 3 as the fraction
can be written .
Convert the problem to multiplication by changing the division
sign to multiplication and inverting the fraction to the right of the
sign. can now be
Check your answer with your calculator. Divide 3 by .5 and your answer should be 6. You have just converted a complex fraction to a simple fraction.
If you want to review another example, click on the word Example.
Work the following problems and click on Answer if you want to check
the answer and review the solution.
- Problem 1:
- Simplify and reduce the answer.
- Problem 2:
- Simplify .
- Problem 3:
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