Learning Objectives
 Simplify fractions
 Multiply fractions
 Find reciprocals
 Divide fractions
Be Prepared 4.2
Before you get started, take this readiness quiz.
 Find the prime factorization of $48.$
If you missed this problem, review Example 2.48.  Draw a model of the fraction $\frac{3}{4}.$
If you missed this problem, review Example 4.2.  Find two fractions equivalent to $\frac{5}{6}.$
Answers may vary. Acceptable answers include $\frac{10}{12},\frac{15}{18},\frac{50}{60},$ etc.
If you missed this problem, review Example 4.14.
Simplify Fractions
In working with equivalent fractions, you saw that there are many ways to write fractions that have the same value, or represent the same part of the whole. How do you know which one to use? Often, we’ll use the fraction that is in simplified form.
A fraction is considered simplified if there are no common factors, other than $1,$ in the numerator and denominator. If a fraction does have common factors in the numerator and denominator, we can reduce the fraction to its simplified form by removing the common factors.
Simplified Fraction
A fraction is considered simplified if there are no common factors in the numerator and denominator.
For example,
 $\frac{2}{3}$ is simplified because there are no common factors of $2$ and $3.$
 $\frac{10}{15}$ is not simplified because $5$ is a common factor of $10$ and $15.$
The process of simplifying a fraction is often called reducing the fraction. In the previous section, we used the Equivalent Fractions Property to find equivalent fractions. We can also use the Equivalent Fractions Property in reverse to simplify fractions. We rewrite the property to show both forms together.
Equivalent Fractions Property
If $a,b,c$ are numbers where $b\ne 0,c\ne 0,$ then
Notice that $c$ is a common factor in the numerator and denominator. Anytime we have a common factor in the numerator and denominator, it can be removed.
How To
Simplify a fraction.
 Step 1. Rewrite the numerator and denominator to show the common factors. If needed, factor the numerator and denominator into prime numbers.
 Step 2. Simplify, using the equivalent fractions property, by removing common factors.
 Step 3. Multiply any remaining factors.
Example 4.19
Simplify: $\frac{10}{15}.$
Solution
To simplify the fraction, we look for any common factors in the numerator and the denominator.
Notice that 5 is a factor of both 10 and 15.  $\frac{10}{15}$ 
Factor the numerator and denominator.  
Remove the common factors.  
Simplify.  $\frac{2}{3}$ 
Try It 4.37
Simplify: $\frac{8}{12}$.
Try It 4.38
Simplify: $\frac{12}{16}$.
To simplify a negative fraction, we use the same process as in Example 4.19. Remember to keep the negative sign.
Example 4.20
Simplify: $\frac{18}{24}.$
Solution
We notice that 18 and 24 both have factors of 6.  $\frac{18}{24}$ 
Rewrite the numerator and denominator showing the common factor.  
Remove common factors.  
Simplify.  $\frac{3}{4}$ 
Try It 4.39
Simplify: $\frac{21}{28}.$
Try It 4.40
Simplify: $\frac{16}{24}.$
After simplifying a fraction, it is always important to check the result to make sure that the numerator and denominator do not have any more factors in common. Remember, the definition of a simplified fraction: a fraction is considered simplified if there are no common factors in the numerator and denominator.
When we simplify an improper fraction, there is no need to change it to a mixed number.
Example 4.21
Simplify: $\frac{56}{32}.$
Solution
$\frac{56}{32}$  
Rewrite the numerator and denominator, showing the common factors, 8.  
Remove common factors.  
Simplify.  $\frac{7}{4}$ 
Try It 4.41
Simplify: $\frac{54}{42}.$
Try It 4.42
Simplify: $\frac{81}{45}.$
How To
Simplify a fraction.
 Step 1. Rewrite the numerator and denominator to show the common factors. If needed, factor the numerator and denominator into prime numbers.
 Step 2. Simplify, using the equivalent fractions property, by removing common factors.
 Step 3. Multiply any remaining factors
Sometimes it may not be easy to find common factors of the numerator and denominator. A good idea, then, is to factor the numerator and the denominator into prime numbers. (You may want to use the factor tree method to identify the prime factors.) Then divide out the common factors using the Equivalent Fractions Property.
Example 4.22
Simplify: $\frac{210}{385}.$
Solution
Use factor trees to factor the numerator and denominator.  $\frac{210}{385}$ 
Rewrite the numerator and denominator as the product of the primes.  $\frac{210}{385}=\frac{2\cdot 3\cdot 5\cdot 7}{5\cdot 7\cdot 11}$ 
Remove the common factors.  
Simplify.  $\frac{2\cdot 3}{11}$ 
Multiply any remaining factors.  $\frac{6}{11}$ 
Try It 4.43
Simplify: $\frac{69}{120}.$
Try It 4.44
Simplify: $\frac{120}{192}.$
We can also simplify fractions containing variables. If a variable is a common factor in the numerator and denominator, we remove it just as we do with an integer factor.
Example 4.23
Simplify: $\frac{5xy}{15x}.$
Solution
$\frac{5xy}{15x}$  
Rewrite numerator and denominator showing common factors.  $\frac{5\xb7x\xb7y}{3\xb75\xb7x}$ 
Remove common factors.  $\frac{\overline{)5}\xb7\overline{)x}\xb7y}{3\xb7\overline{)5}\xb7\overline{)x}}$ 
Simplify.  $\frac{y}{3}$ 
Try It 4.45
Simplify: $\frac{7x}{7y}.$
Try It 4.46
Simplify: $\frac{9a}{9b}.$
Multiply Fractions
A model may help you understand multiplication of fractions. We will use fraction tiles to model $\frac{1}{2}\xb7\frac{3}{4}.$ To multiply $\frac{1}{2}$ and $\frac{3}{4},$ think $\frac{1}{2}$ of $\frac{3}{4}.$
Start with fraction tiles for threefourths. To find onehalf of threefourths, we need to divide them into two equal groups. Since we cannot divide the three $\frac{1}{4}$ tiles evenly into two parts, we exchange them for smaller tiles.
We see $\frac{6}{8}$ is equivalent to $\frac{3}{4}.$ Taking half of the six $\frac{1}{8}$ tiles gives us three $\frac{1}{8}$ tiles, which is $\frac{3}{8}.$
Therefore,
Manipulative Mathematics
Example 4.24
Use a diagram to model $\frac{1}{2}\xb7\frac{3}{4}.$
Solution
First shade in $\frac{3}{4}$ of the rectangle.
We will take $\frac{1}{2}$ of this $\frac{3}{4},$ so we heavily shade $\frac{1}{2}$ of the shaded region.
Notice that $3$ out of the $8$ pieces are heavily shaded. This means that $\frac{3}{8}$ of the rectangle is heavily shaded.
Therefore, $\frac{1}{2}$ of $\frac{3}{4}$ is $\frac{3}{8},$ or $\frac{1}{2}\xb7\frac{3}{4}=\frac{3}{8}.$
Try It 4.47
Use a diagram to model: $\frac{1}{2}\xb7\frac{3}{5}.$
Try It 4.48
Use a diagram to model: $\frac{1}{2}\xb7\frac{5}{6}.$
Look at the result we got from the model in Example 4.24. We found that $\frac{1}{2}\xb7\frac{3}{4}=\frac{3}{8}.$ Do you notice that we could have gotten the same answer by multiplying the numerators and multiplying the denominators?
$\frac{1}{2}\xb7\frac{3}{4}$  
Multiply the numerators, and multiply the denominators.  $\frac{1}{2}\xb7\frac{3}{4}$ 
Simplify.  $\frac{3}{8}$ 
This leads to the definition of fraction multiplication. To multiply fractions, we multiply the numerators and multiply the denominators. Then we write the fraction in simplified form.
Fraction Multiplication
If $a,b,c,\text{and}\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}d$ are numbers where $b\ne 0\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}\text{and}\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}d\ne 0,$ then
Example 4.25
Multiply, and write the answer in simplified form: $\frac{3}{4}\xb7\frac{1}{5}.$
Solution
$\frac{3}{4}\xb7\frac{1}{5}$  
Multiply the numerators; multiply the denominators.  $\frac{3\xb71}{4\xb75}$ 
Simplify.  $\frac{3}{20}$ 
There are no common factors, so the fraction is simplified.
Try It 4.49
Multiply, and write the answer in simplified form: $\frac{1}{3}\xb7\frac{2}{5}.$
Try It 4.50
Multiply, and write the answer in simplified form: $\frac{3}{5}\xb7\frac{7}{8}.$
When multiplying fractions, the properties of positive and negative numbers still apply. It is a good idea to determine the sign of the product as the first step. In Example 4.26 we will multiply two negatives, so the product will be positive.
Example 4.26
Multiply, and write the answer in simplified form: $\frac{5}{8}\left(\frac{2}{3}\right).$
Solution
$\frac{5}{8}\left(\frac{2}{3}\right)$  
The signs are the same, so the product is positive. Multiply the numerators, multiply the denominators.  $\frac{5\cdot 2}{8\cdot 3}$ 
Simplify.  $\frac{10}{24}$ 
Look for common factors in the numerator and denominator. Rewrite showing common factors.  
Remove common factors.  $\frac{5}{12}$ 
Another way to find this product involves removing common factors earlier.
$\frac{5}{8}\left(\frac{2}{3}\right)$  
Determine the sign of the product. Multiply.  $\frac{5\cdot 2}{8\cdot 3}$ 
Show common factors and then remove them.  
Multiply remaining factors.  $\frac{5}{12}$ 
We get the same result.
Try It 4.51
Multiply, and write the answer in simplified form: $\frac{4}{7}\left(\frac{5}{8}\right).$
Try It 4.52
Multiply, and write the answer in simplified form: $\frac{7}{12}\left(\frac{8}{9}\right).$
Example 4.27
Multiply, and write the answer in simplified form: $\frac{14}{15}\xb7\frac{20}{21}.$
Solution
$\frac{14}{15}\xb7\frac{20}{21}$  
Determine the sign of the product; multiply.  $\frac{14}{15}\xb7\frac{20}{21}$ 
Are there any common factors in the numerator and the denominator? $\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}$We know that 7 is a factor of 14 and 21, and 5 is a factor of 20 and 15. 

Rewrite showing common factors.  
Remove the common factors.  $\frac{2\xb74}{3\xb73}$ 
Multiply the remaining factors.  $\frac{8}{9}$ 
Try It 4.53
Multiply, and write the answer in simplified form: $\frac{10}{28}\xb7\frac{8}{15}.$
Try It 4.54
Multiply, and write the answer in simplified form: $\frac{9}{20}\xb7\frac{5}{12}.$
When multiplying a fraction by an integer, it may be helpful to write the integer as a fraction. Any integer, $a,$ can be written as $\frac{a}{1}.$ So, $3=\frac{3}{1},$ for example.
Example 4.28
Multiply, and write the answer in simplified form:
ⓐ$\frac{1}{7}\xb756$
ⓑ$\frac{12}{5}\left(\mathrm{20}x\right)$
Solution
ⓐ  
$\frac{1}{7}\xb756$  
Write 56 as a fraction.  $\frac{1}{7}\xb7\frac{56}{1}$ 
Determine the sign of the product; multiply.  $\frac{56}{7}$ 
Simplify.  $8$ 
ⓑ  
$\frac{12}{5}\left(\mathrm{20}x\right)$  
Write −20x as a fraction.  $\frac{12}{5}\left(\frac{\mathrm{20}x}{1}\right)$ 
Determine the sign of the product; multiply.  $\frac{12\xb720\xb7x}{5\xb71}$ 
Show common factors and then remove them.  
Multiply remaining factors; simplify.  −48x 
Try It 4.55
Multiply, and write the answer in simplified form:
 ⓐ$\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}\frac{1}{8}\xb772\phantom{\rule{1.0em}{0ex}}$
 ⓑ$\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}\frac{11}{3}\left(\mathrm{9}a\right)$
Try It 4.56
Multiply, and write the answer in simplified form:
 ⓐ$\frac{3}{8}\xb764$
 ⓑ$16x\xb7\frac{11}{12}$
Find Reciprocals
The fractions $\frac{2}{3}$ and $\frac{3}{2}$ are related to each other in a special way. So are $\frac{10}{7}$ and $\frac{7}{10}.$ Do you see how? Besides looking like upsidedown versions of one another, if we were to multiply these pairs of fractions, the product would be $1.$
Such pairs of numbers are called reciprocals.
Reciprocal
The reciprocal of the fraction $\frac{a}{b}$ is $\frac{b}{a},$ where $a\ne 0$ and $b\ne 0,$
A number and its reciprocal have a product of $1.$
To find the reciprocal of a fraction, we invert the fraction. This means that we place the numerator in the denominator and the denominator in the numerator.
To get a positive result when multiplying two numbers, the numbers must have the same sign. So reciprocals must have the same sign.
To find the reciprocal, keep the same sign and invert the fraction. The number zero does not have a reciprocal. Why? A number and its reciprocal multiply to $1.$ Is there any number $r$ so that $0\xb7r=1?$ No. So, the number $0$ does not have a reciprocal.
Example 4.29
Find the reciprocal of each number. Then check that the product of each number and its reciprocal is $1.$
 ⓐ$\frac{4}{9}$
 ⓑ$\frac{1}{6}$
 ⓒ$\frac{14}{5}$
 ⓓ$7$
Solution
To find the reciprocals, we keep the sign and invert the fractions.
ⓐ  
Find the reciprocal of $\frac{4}{9}$.  The reciprocal of $\frac{4}{9}$ is $\frac{9}{4}$. 
Check:  
Multiply the number and its reciprocal.  $\frac{4}{9}\cdot \frac{9}{4}$ 
Multiply numerators and denominators.  $\frac{36}{36}$ 
Simplify.  $1\u2713$ 
ⓑ  
Find the reciprocal of $\frac{1}{6}$.  $\frac{6}{1}$ 
Simplify.  $6$ 
Check:  $\frac{1}{6}\cdot (6)$ 
$1\u2713$ 
ⓒ  
Find the reciprocal of $\frac{14}{5}$.  $\frac{5}{14}$ 
Check:  $\frac{14}{5}\cdot (\frac{5}{14})$ 
$\frac{70}{70}$  
$1\u2713$ 
ⓓ  
Find the reciprocal of $7$.  
Write $7$ as a fraction.  $\frac{7}{1}$ 
Write the reciprocal of $\frac{7}{1}$.  $\frac{1}{7}$ 
Check:  $7\cdot \left(\frac{1}{7}\right)$ 
$1\u2713$ 
Try It 4.57
Find the reciprocal:
 ⓐ$\frac{5}{7}$
 ⓑ$\frac{1}{8}$
 ⓒ$\frac{11}{4}$
 ⓓ$14$
Try It 4.58
Find the reciprocal:
 ⓐ$\frac{3}{7}$
 ⓑ$\frac{1}{12}$
 ⓒ$\frac{14}{9}$
 ⓓ$21$
In a previous chapter, we worked with opposites and absolute values. Table 4.1 compares opposites, absolute values, and reciprocals.
Opposite  Absolute Value  Reciprocal 

has opposite sign  is never negative  has same sign, fraction inverts 
Example 4.30
Fill in the chart for each fraction in the left column:
Number  Opposite  Absolute Value  Reciprocal 

$\frac{3}{8}$  
$\frac{1}{2}$  
$\frac{9}{5}$  
$\mathrm{5}$ 
Solution
To find the opposite, change the sign. To find the absolute value, leave the positive numbers the same, but take the opposite of the negative numbers. To find the reciprocal, keep the sign the same and invert the fraction.
Number  Opposite  Absolute Value  Reciprocal 

$\frac{3}{8}$  $\frac{3}{8}$  $\frac{3}{8}$  $\frac{8}{3}$ 
$\frac{1}{2}$  $\frac{1}{2}$  $\frac{1}{2}$  $2$ 
$\frac{9}{5}$  $\frac{9}{5}$  $\frac{9}{5}$  $\frac{5}{9}$ 
$\mathrm{5}$  $5$  $5$  $\frac{1}{5}$ 
Try It 4.59
Fill in the chart for each number given:
Number  Opposite  Absolute Value  Reciprocal 

$\frac{5}{8}$  
$\frac{1}{4}$  
$\frac{8}{3}$  
$\mathrm{8}$ 
Try It 4.60
Fill in the chart for each number given:
Number  Opposite  Absolute Value  Reciprocal 

$\frac{4}{7}$  
$\frac{1}{8}$  
$\frac{9}{4}$  
$\mathrm{1}$ 
Divide Fractions
Why is $12\xf73=4?$ We previously modeled this with counters. How many groups of $3$ counters can be made from a group of $12$ counters?
There are $4$ groups of $3$ counters. In other words, there are four $3\text{s}$ in $12.$ So, $12\xf73=4.$
What about dividing fractions? Suppose we want to find the quotient: $\frac{1}{2}\xf7\frac{1}{6}.$ We need to figure out how many $\frac{1}{6}\text{s}$ there are in $\frac{1}{2}.$ We can use fraction tiles to model this division. We start by lining up the half and sixth fraction tiles as shown in Figure 4.5. Notice, there are three $\frac{1}{6}$ tiles in $\frac{1}{2},$ so $\frac{1}{2}\xf7\frac{1}{6}=3.$
Manipulative Mathematics
Example 4.31
Model: $\frac{1}{4}\xf7\frac{1}{8}.$
Solution
We want to determine how many $\frac{1}{8}\text{s}$ are in $\frac{1}{4}.$ Start with one $\frac{1}{4}$ tile. Line up $\frac{1}{8}$ tiles underneath the $\frac{1}{4}$ tile.
There are two $\frac{1}{8}\text{s}$ in $\frac{1}{4}.$
So, $\frac{1}{4}\xf7\frac{1}{8}=2.$
Try It 4.61
Model: $\frac{1}{3}\xf7\frac{1}{6}.$
Try It 4.62
Model: $\frac{1}{2}\xf7\frac{1}{4}.$
Example 4.32
Model: $2\xf7\frac{1}{4}.$
Solution
We are trying to determine how many $\frac{1}{4}\text{s}$ there are in $2.$ We can model this as shown.
Because there are eight $\frac{1}{4}\text{s}$ in $2,2\xf7\frac{1}{4}=8.$
Try It 4.63
Model: $2\xf7\frac{1}{3}$
Try It 4.64
Model: $3\xf7\frac{1}{2}$
Let’s use money to model $2\xf7\frac{1}{4}$ in another way. We often read $\frac{1}{4}$ as a ‘quarter’, and we know that a quarter is onefourth of a dollar as shown in Figure 4.6. So we can think of $2\xf7\frac{1}{4}$ as, “How many quarters are there in two dollars?” One dollar is $4$ quarters, so $2$ dollars would be $8$ quarters. So again, $2\xf7\frac{1}{4}=8.$
Using fraction tiles, we showed that $\frac{1}{2}\xf7\frac{1}{6}=3.$ Notice that $\frac{1}{2}\xb7\frac{6}{1}=3$ also. How are $\frac{1}{6}$ and $\frac{6}{1}$ related? They are reciprocals. This leads us to the procedure for fraction division.
Fraction Division
If $a,b,c,\text{and}\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}d$ are numbers where $b\ne 0,c\ne 0,\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}\text{and}\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}d\ne 0,$ then
To divide fractions, multiply the first fraction by the reciprocal of the second.
We need to say $b\ne 0,c\ne 0\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}\text{and}\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}d\ne 0$ to be sure we don’t divide by zero.
Example 4.33
Divide, and write the answer in simplified form: $\frac{2}{5}\xf7\left(\frac{3}{7}\right).$
Solution
$\frac{2}{5}\xf7\left(\frac{3}{7}\right)$  
Multiply the first fraction by the reciprocal of the second.  $\frac{2}{5}(\frac{7}{3})$ 
Multiply. The product is negative.  $\frac{14}{15}$ 
Try It 4.65
Divide, and write the answer in simplified form: $\frac{3}{7}\xf7\left(\frac{2}{3}\right).$
Try It 4.66
Divide, and write the answer in simplified form: $\frac{2}{3}\xf7\left(\frac{7}{5}\right).$
Example 4.34
Divide, and write the answer in simplified form: $\frac{2}{3}\xf7\frac{n}{5}.$
Solution
$\frac{2}{3}\xf7\frac{n}{5}$  
Multiply the first fraction by the reciprocal of the second.  $\frac{2}{3}\xb7\frac{5}{n}$ 
Multiply.  $\frac{10}{3n}$ 
Try It 4.67
Divide, and write the answer in simplified form: $\frac{3}{5}\xf7\frac{p}{7}.$
Try It 4.68
Divide, and write the answer in simplified form: $\frac{5}{8}\xf7\frac{q}{3}.$
Example 4.35
Divide, and write the answer in simplified form: $\frac{3}{4}\xf7\left(\frac{7}{8}\right).$
Solution
$\frac{3}{4}\xf7(\frac{7}{8})$  
Multiply the first fraction by the reciprocal of the second.  $\frac{3}{4}\xb7(\frac{8}{7})$ 
Multiply. Remember to determine the sign first.  $\frac{3\xb78}{4\xb77}$ 
Rewrite to show common factors.  $\frac{3\xb7\overline{)4}\xb72}{\overline{)4}\xb77}$ 
Remove common factors and simplify.  $\frac{6}{7}$ 
Try It 4.69
Divide, and write the answer in simplified form: $\frac{2}{3}\xf7\left(\frac{5}{6}\right).$
Try It 4.70
Divide, and write the answer in simplified form: $\frac{5}{6}\xf7\left(\frac{2}{3}\right).$
Example 4.36
Divide, and write the answer in simplified form: $\frac{7}{18}\xf7\frac{14}{27}.$
Solution
$\frac{7}{18}\xf7\frac{14}{27}$  
Multiply the first fraction by the reciprocal of the second.  $\frac{7}{18}\xb7\frac{27}{14}$ 
Multiply.  $\frac{7\xb727}{18\xb714}$ 
Rewrite showing common factors.  
Remove common factors.  $\frac{3}{2\xb72}$ 
Simplify.  $\frac{3}{4}$ 
Try It 4.71
Divide, and write the answer in simplified form: $\frac{7}{27}\xf7\frac{35}{36}.$
Try It 4.72
Divide, and write the answer in simplified form: $\frac{5}{14}\xf7\frac{15}{28}.$
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Section 4.2 Exercises
Practice Makes Perfect
Simplify Fractions
In the following exercises, simplify each fraction. Do not convert any improper fractions to mixed numbers.
$\frac{8}{24}$
$\frac{12}{18}$
$\frac{63}{99}$
$\frac{104}{48}$
$\frac{182}{294}$
$\frac{140}{224}$
$\frac{15a}{15b}$
$\frac{4x}{32y}$
$\frac{24a}{32{b}^{2}}$
Multiply Fractions
In the following exercises, use a diagram to model.
$\frac{1}{2}\xb7\frac{5}{8}$
$\frac{1}{3}\xb7\frac{2}{5}$
In the following exercises, multiply, and write the answer in simplified form.
$\frac{1}{2}\xb7\frac{3}{8}$
$\frac{4}{5}\xb7\frac{2}{7}$
$\frac{3}{4}\left(\frac{4}{9}\right)$
$\frac{3}{8}\xb7\frac{4}{15}$
$\frac{5}{12}\left(\frac{8}{15}\right)$
$\left(\frac{9}{10}\right)\left(\frac{25}{33}\right)$
$\left(\frac{33}{60}\right)\left(\frac{40}{88}\right)$
$5\xb7\frac{8}{3}$
$\frac{5}{6}\xb730m$
$\mathrm{51}q\left(\frac{1}{3}\right)$
$\frac{14}{5}\left(\mathrm{15}\right)$
$\left(\mathrm{1}\right)\left(\frac{6}{7}\right)$
${\left(\frac{4}{5}\right)}^{2}$
${\left(\frac{4}{7}\right)}^{4}$
Find Reciprocals
In the following exercises, find the reciprocal.
$\frac{2}{3}$
$\frac{6}{19}$
$\mathrm{13}$
$\mathrm{1}$
Fill in the chart.
Opposite  Absolute Value  Reciprocal  

$\frac{7}{11}$  
$\frac{4}{5}$  
$\frac{10}{7}$  
$\mathrm{8}$ 
Fill in the chart.
Opposite  Absolute Value  Reciprocal  

$\frac{3}{13}$  
$\frac{9}{14}$  
$\frac{15}{7}$  
$\mathrm{9}$ 
Divide Fractions
In the following exercises, model each fraction division.
$\frac{1}{2}\xf7\frac{1}{4}$
$2\xf7\frac{1}{5}$
In the following exercises, divide, and write the answer in simplified form.
$\frac{1}{2}\xf7\frac{1}{4}$
$\frac{3}{4}\xf7\frac{2}{3}$
$\frac{4}{5}\xf7\frac{4}{7}$
$\frac{7}{9}\xf7\left(\frac{7}{9}\right)$
$\frac{3}{4}\xf7\frac{x}{11}$
$\frac{5}{8}\xf7\frac{a}{10}$
$\frac{5}{18}\xf7\left(\frac{15}{24}\right)$
$\frac{7p}{12}\xf7\frac{21p}{8}$
$\frac{8u}{15}\xf7\frac{12v}{25}$
$\mathrm{5}\xf7\frac{1}{2}$
$\frac{3}{4}\xf7\left(\mathrm{12}\right)$
$\mathrm{18}\xf7\left(\frac{9}{2}\right)$
$\frac{1}{2}\xf7\left(\frac{3}{4}\right)\xf7\frac{7}{8}$
Everyday Math
Baking A recipe for chocolate chip cookies calls for $\frac{3}{4}$ cup brown sugar. Imelda wants to double the recipe.
ⓐ How much brown sugar will Imelda need? Show your calculation. Write your result as an improper fraction and as a mixed number.
ⓑ Measuring cups usually come in sets of $\frac{1}{8},\frac{1}{4},\frac{1}{3},\frac{1}{2},\text{and}\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}1$ cup. Draw a diagram to show two different ways that Imelda could measure the brown sugar needed to double the recipe.
Baking Nina is making $4$ pans of fudge to serve after a music recital. For each pan, she needs $\frac{2}{3}$ cup of condensed milk.
 ⓐ How much condensed milk will Nina need? Show your calculation. Write your result as an improper fraction and as a mixed number.
 ⓑ Measuring cups usually come in sets of $\frac{1}{8},\frac{1}{4},\frac{1}{3},\frac{1}{2},\text{and}\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}1$ cup. Draw a diagram to show two different ways that Nina could measure the condensed milk she needs.
Portions Don purchased a bulk package of candy that weighs $5$ pounds. He wants to sell the candy in little bags that hold $\frac{1}{4}$ pound. How many little bags of candy can he fill from the bulk package?
Portions Kristen has $\frac{3}{4}$ yards of ribbon. She wants to cut it into equal parts to make hair ribbons for her daughter’s $6$ dolls. How long will each doll’s hair ribbon be?
Writing Exercises
Explain how you find the reciprocal of a fraction.
Rafael wanted to order half a medium pizza at a restaurant. The waiter told him that a medium pizza could be cut into $6$ or $8$ slices. Would he prefer $3$ out of $6$ slices or $4$ out of $8$ slices? Rafael replied that since he wasn’t very hungry, he would prefer $3$ out of $6$ slices. Explain what is wrong with Rafael’s reasoning.
Give an example from everyday life that demonstrates how $\frac{1}{2}\xb7\frac{2}{3}\phantom{\rule{0.5em}{0ex}}\text{is}\phantom{\rule{0.5em}{0ex}}\frac{1}{3}.$
Self Check
ⓐ After completing the exercises, use this checklist to evaluate your mastery of the objectives of this section.
ⓑ After reviewing this checklist, what will you do to become confident for all objectives?