Complex Fractions: Example 1

Rule 24:
To manipulate complex fractions, just convert them to simple fractions and follow rules 1 through 23 for simple fractions.

Example 1:
Convert tex2html_wrap_inline60 to a simple fraction and reduce.

Answer:

tex2html_wrap_inline62

Solution 1:

tex2html_wrap_inline60 can be written tex2html_wrap_inline66 which in turn can be written tex2html_wrap_inline68 .

Now just follow the procedure you would when you multiply two simple fractions.

displaymath70

Solution 2:
You can also simply the fraction without first converting the to complex fraction. Multiply tex2html_wrap_inline60 by 1 in the form of the complex fraction tex2html_wrap_inline74 .

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