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: 45



Work Step by Step

We first follow the instructions to plug -5/6 in for x and 3/5 in for y to get: $\frac{-5/6}{3/5}$. 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 3/5 is 5/3, we obtain: $\frac{-5}{6}\times \frac{5}{3} = \frac{-25}{18}$
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