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# Does x over 5 mean the same as 1 over 5 x in math?

Updated: 4/28/2022

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11y ago

No, X/5 does not equal 1/5X. However, if you are trying to pull the denominator into a fractional multiplicant, you would write (1/5)X. This doesn't help solve the equation, however, because now you have to divide both sides by 1/5 (not the easiest calculation). If you leave the statement as X/5, then you would multiply both sides by 5 to solve for X.

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