Alissa Fong

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Dividing Fractions - Problem 1

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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In order to divide fractions, we leave the first fraction unchanged, and then multiply by the reciprocal of the second fraction. A reciprocal is the original fraction turned upside down. If the second value is an integer like 3, you could think of it as 3/1 in order to help you find the reciprocal, which is 1/3. Once you have flipped the second fraction, you'll have a multiplication problem- multiply across the tops, multiply across the bottoms, and then reduce.

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