INSTRUCTORS Carleen Eaton Grant Fraser Eric Smith

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Complex Fractions

  • A complex fraction is a fraction with one or more fractions in the numerator or the denominator (or both).

  • If a complex fraction consists of one fraction divided by another fraction, simplify the complex fraction by dividing the fraction in the numerator by the fraction in the denominator: invert the fraction in the denominator and multiply it by the fraction in the numerator.

  • If the expression in either the numerator or denominator of the complex fraction consists of a sum or difference of fractions, carry out that sum or difference first and simplify the result. Then simplify the resulting complex fraction using the technique described above.

Complex Fractions

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Mathematics: Algebra 1