## anonymous 5 years ago What is canceling equal factors? please not in examples but in words

Two variables will cancel when one is being divided by the other and they are the same. I know you asked for no examples, but it's all that can be done on this site to explain. In the following, you have $\frac{ab}{ac}$we can 'cancel' the a's because what the above is saying is,$\frac{ab}{ac}=\frac{a}{a} \times \frac{b}{c}=1 \times \frac{b}{c}=\frac{b}{c}$The a's 'disappear'...only because you're dividing one number by itself, which always yields 1. Hope this helps.