anonymous one year ago Simplify -8/3 / -2/6

1. DebbieG

Well, first, division by a fraction is equivalent to multiplication by the reciprocal. So you have: $\large \frac{ \frac{ -8 }{ 3 }}{\frac{ -2 }{ 6 } }=\frac{ -8 }{ 3 }\times \frac{ 6 }{ -2 }$

2. DebbieG

Then, you should always reduce common factors first, before multiplying. Once you do that, (the negative signs cancel out; the 8 and 2 reduce, and 6 and 3 reduce), what do you get for an answer?

3. anonymous

8?

4. DebbieG

(Or even, just reduce the 6 and the 2, cancel the negatives, and then one more cancellation will quickly give you the resulting answer.)

5. DebbieG

Right!

6. anonymous

Thank you I appreciate it!

7. DebbieG

You're very welcome. :)