Basic College Mathematics (10th Edition)

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Chapter 2 - Multiplying and Dividing Fractions - 2.8 Multiplying and Dividing Mixed Numbers - 2.8 Exercises - Page 176: 27

Answer

Estimate $\frac{1}{2}$ Exact $\frac{5}{12}$

Work Step by Step

$\frac{5}{8} \div 1 \frac{1}{2}$ Estimate Round fractions to the nearest whole number $1 \div 2$ = $\frac{1}{2}$ Exact Convert mixed numbers to improper fractions $\frac{5}{8} \div \frac{3}{2}$ Multiply by the reciprocal of the divisor $\frac{5}{8} \times \frac{2}{3}$ Reduce fractions by common factor of 2 $\frac{5}{4} \times \frac{1}{3}$ = $\frac{5}{12}$
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