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# Why do you turn the fraction upside down and multiply?

Updated: 9/18/2023 Wiki User

13y ago

Dividing by a fraction is equivalent to multiplying by its reciprocal. A reciprocal fraction is effectively "turning it upside-down".

So, to divide by a faction, you should do as stated; turn the fraction upside-down and multiply. Wiki User

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### How do you divide fractionns?

To divide fractions, turn the second fraction upside down and multiply across.

### How do you divide mixed number with a proper fraction?

turn the fraction upside down and multiplyConvert the mixed number to an improper fraction and multiply it by the reciprocal of the fraction.

### To divide a fractionby another fraction do you simply divide the numerators and then dividethe denominators?

No because you turn the other fraction upside down and then cross multiply.

### What is a fraction turn upside down called?

reciprocal fraction.

### How do you divide in thirds?

To divide any number by a fraction, turn the fraction upside down and multiply. e.g. 10 divide 1/3 = 10 x 3/1 = 10 x3 = 30

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### Can you Give the procedure for dividing simple fractions?

Step 1. Turn the second fraction (the one you want to divide by) upside-down(this is now a reciprocal).Step 2. Multiply the first fraction by that reciprocalStep 3. Simplify the fraction (if needed)

### What is the process of dividing an fraction?

Short answer: turn the fraction upside down and multiply. e.g. 8 &divide; 1and 3/4 = 8 &divide; 7/4 = 8 x 4/7 = 32/7 = 4 and 4/7.

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### Change 6 to 9?

* Turn it upside down. * Divide by 2, then multiply by 3. * Add 3.

### When was Turn It Upside Down created?

Turn It Upside Down was created in 1994-03.