Dividing Simple Fractions: Problem 3

Rule 14: To divide one fraction by a second fraction, convert the problem to multiplication and multiply the two fractions.

1.
Change the tex2html_wrap_inline26 sign to tex2html_wrap_inline28 and invert the fraction to the right of the sign.
2.
Multiply the numerators.
3.
Multiply the denominators.
4.
Reduce the results. (See Rule 10)
a.
Factor the product of the numerators.
b.
Factor the product of the denominators.
c.
Look for the fractions that have a value of 1.

Problem 3: Calculate tex2html_wrap_inline30 and reduce your answer.

Answer: There is no answer, the problem is undefined.

Solution: The fraction to the right of the division sign has a value of zero because the numerator is zero. You cannot divide by zero.

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Recall that the symbol tex2html_wrap_inline34 for undefined or no solution.

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