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# Which fraction do you reciprocal when the hole number is first?

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2014-12-11 01:57:26

You first convert the mixed fraction to an improper fraction. Example: what's the reciprocal of 3 2/5 (three and two-fifths)? Answer: 3 2/5 is equal to 17/5; the reciprocal of that is 5/17.

Why is this answer correct? That's because 5/17 times 17/5 is equal to 85/85 = 1. And that is the definition of "reciprocal".

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