Reducing Fractions: Problem 4

Rule 10:
To reduce a simple fraction, follow the following three steps:

1.
Factor the numerator.
2.
Factor the denominator.
3.
Find the fraction mix that equals 1.

Problem 4: Reduce the fraction tex2html_wrap_inline47 .

Answer. Rewrite the fraction with the numerator factored and the denominator factored. The fraction tex2html_wrap_inline47 can be written as

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Although we have reduced the fraction, we have not reduced it completely. So repeat the above steps.

The fraction tex2html_wrap_inline53 can be written as

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The fraction tex2html_wrap_inline47 is equivalent to the fraction tex2html_wrap_inline59 .

You can check the answer with your calculator. When you divide 150 by 650, you will get the same answer as when you divide 3 by 13.

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