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Complex Fractions

  • A complex fractionis 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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  • Intro 0:00
  • Mixed Expression 0:08
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  • Complex Fraction 2:45
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    • Example
  • Simplifying Complex Fractions 3:58
    • Why Does It Work?
  • Lecture Example 1 4:48
  • Lecture Example 2 8:44
  • Additional Example 3
  • Additional Example 4