Two Methods for Dividing Fractions by Fractions

Common Denominators

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Common Denominators

One method for dividing two fractions is to first write them with a common denominator. The answer will be the quotient of the numerators.

  • Use this method to solve 56÷25.
  • Check your answer.
  • Explain why this method works.

To explain why this method works, think about what happens to the common denominators when you change the division problem into a multiplication problem using the reciprocal.