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anonymous

  • one year ago

Simplify -8/3 / -2/6

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  1. DebbieG
    • one year ago
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    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
    • one year ago
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    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
    • one year ago
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    8?

  4. DebbieG
    • one year ago
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    (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
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    Right!

  6. anonymous
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    Thank you I appreciate it!

  7. DebbieG
    • one year ago
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    You're very welcome. :)

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