# Chapter 1 - Foundations for Algebra - 1-6 Multiplying and Dividing Real Numbers - Practice and Problem-Solving Exercises - Page 42: 41

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#### Work Step by Step

In this problem, we are dividing by a fraction. However, we are never supposed to divide by a fraction. Rather, we must multiply by the reciprocal of the fraction. The reciprocal of a fraction is that fraction with the numerator (top of the fraction) and denominator (bottom of the fraction) switched. Thus, we simplify to find: -5$\div$(-5/3)=-5$\times$(-3/5)=3 Note, the answer is positive, for a negative divided by a negative is a positive.

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