Alissa Fong

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Simplifying Complex Fractions - Problem 5

Alissa Fong
Alissa Fong

MA, Stanford University
Teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area

Alissa is currently a teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area and Brightstorm users love her clear, concise explanations of tough concepts

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Fractions inside of fractions are called complex fractions, or sometimes "double" fractions. We can attack them by first turning each the top and bottom into one fraction only using common denominators. From there, the top fraction stays the same and we multiply by the reciprocal of the bottom fraction. In this way, we can turn a challenging quotient into a product that is much easier to simplify.

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