Reducing Fractions: Problem 5

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

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

Problem 5: Reduce the fraction tex2html_wrap_inline34 .

Answer. Rewrite the fraction with the numerator factored and the denominator factored. The fraction tex2html_wrap_inline34 can be written as


The fraction tex2html_wrap_inline34 is equivalent to the fraction tex2html_wrap_inline42 .

You can check the answer with your calculator. When you divide - 36 by 60, you should get the same answer as when you divide - 3 by 5.

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