Elementary and Intermediate Algebra: Concepts & Applications (6th Edition)

Published by Pearson
ISBN 10: 0-32184-874-8
ISBN 13: 978-0-32184-874-1

Chapter 1 - Introduction to Algebraic Expressions - 1.3 Fraction Notation - 1.3 Exercise Set - Page 27: 91



Work Step by Step

$\frac{16\times9\times4}{15\times8\times12}\longrightarrow$ Rewrite each factor as a product of its prime factors. $\frac{(2\times2\times2\times2)(3\times3)(2\times2)}{(3\times5)(2\times2\times2)(2\times2\times3)}\longrightarrow$ Reorder the factors from smallest to largest to help find those than can cancel. $\frac{2\times2\times2\times2\times2\times2\times3\times3}{2\times2\times2\times2\times2\times3\times3\times5}\longrightarrow$ Identify factors that appear in both numerator and denominator (indicated by the line over the top). $\frac{\overline{2\times2\times2\times2\times2}\times2\times\overline{3\times3}}{\overline{2\times2\times2\times2\times2\times3\times3}\times5}\longrightarrow$ Eliminate factors that cancel. $\frac{2}{5}$
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