How do you simplify #3/4 div 1/8#?
#"to perform the calculation"#
#• " leave the first fraction"#
#• " change division to multiplication"#
#• " perform any cancelling"#
So how many
This only works because the fractions are 'nice' ones. The method to use for every division with fractions is
Despite what we are always taught about having to flip the second fraction when we are dividing, it is possible to just divide straight across as we do in multiplication.
However, the divisions often lead to uncomfortable numbers, so we choose not to do divisions that way.
This is exactly the same answer as is obtained from:
In this case, we have
But consider that
There are times when this direct method is the easiest and quickest - look out for them!