Algebra 1

Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 10: 0133500403
ISBN 13: 978-0-13350-040-0

Chapter 1 - Foundations for Algebra - 1-6 Multiplying and Dividing Real Numbers - Practice and Problem-Solving Exercises - Page 42: 44



Work Step by Step

We first follow the instructions to plug -2/3 in for x and -1/4 in for y to get: $\frac{-2/3}{-1/4}$. We never can divide by a fraction. Instead, we need to multiply the first fraction by the reciprocal of the second fraction. Because the reciprocal of -1/4 is -4/1, we obtain: $\frac{-2}{3}\times \frac{-4}{1} = \frac{8}{3}$
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