Complex Fractions: Problem 1

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

Problem 1:
Convert tex2html_wrap_inline48 to a simple fraction and reduce.



Solution 1:

tex2html_wrap_inline48 can be written tex2html_wrap_inline54 which in turn can be written tex2html_wrap_inline56 .

Now just follow the procedure you would when you multiply two simple fractions. tex2html_wrap_inline58

Solution 2:
You can also work the problem without first converting the fractions to simple fractions. Convert tex2html_wrap_inline48 to tex2html_wrap_inline62 and multiply by 1 in the form of the complex fraction tex2html_wrap_inline64 .


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