Compound Fractions: Example

Rule 27:

A compound fraction is sometimes called a mixed number.

, , and are examples of compound fractions.

Example:
Calculate and write the answer as a simple fraction, compound number, and as a decimal.

Answer:
Simple: , Compound: , Decimal: 0.208333.

Solution:
Convert the compound numbers to simple fractions.

Recall that the parenthesis instructs the reader to treat what's inside as one number. The problem can now be written in terms of simple fractions.

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Convert the division to multiplication by changing the signs and inverting the numbers to the right of the signs.

The answer is the simple fraction . Since the value is less than 1, the compound number is also the simple fraction .

Use your calculator to estimate the decimal answer of 0.208333.

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