Study Guide

Fractions & Decimals - Dividing Fractions

Dividing Fractions

SAVE IT, CHANGE IT, FLIP IT.

That is all you need to remember when dividing fractions. Easy as 1, 2, 3.  Seriously, it's almost as easy as multiplying; you just need to add one more step, multiply by the reciprocal of the 2nd fraction. Let's look at this example:

5/9 / 1/4 SAVE IT.
Keep the first fraction the same
5/9 x 4/1CHANGE IT and FLIP IT.
Change the division sign to a multiplication sign.
Take the reciprocal of the second fraction.
20/9 =Now, multiply and reduce as usual
2 2/9And here's our answer.

Look Out: always flip the second fraction, not the first!

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