Dividing fractions is a little completed complicated than multiplying fractions, however, it is important to remember that dividing fractions is essentially multiplying with reciprocals
Examples of reciprocal
Steps for Dividing Fractions (KCF)
K (Keep) C (Change) F (Flip)
- Keep the first Fraction.
- Change the division sign to multiplication.
- Flip the second fraction.
(we are multiplying using the reciprocal)
Visual of Dividing with Fractions
Here is a visual representation of what is actually happening when you divide using a fraction. If 6 apples are each divided by 1/2, you end up with 12 halves.
Dividing with Fractions
Remember KCF, we are multiplying using a reciprocal
Dividing Whole Numbers with Fractions
Remember to put the whole numbers over 1.
Dividing with Mixed Numbers
Turn mixed numbers into improper fractions first.