# Dividing fractions, a pedagogical technique

### Citation

Lewis, RL, Dividing fractions, a pedagogical technique, Australian Mathematics Teacher, 72, (1) pp. 18-19. ISSN 0045-0685 (2016) [Professional, Refereed Article]

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### Abstract

Dividing fractions, as easy as pie,
Flip the second fraction, then multiply.
And don't forget to simplify,
Before it's time to say goodbye.

We have all heard the rhyme, and perhaps taught it ourselves to our students. When dividing one fraction by a second fraction, invert, that is, flip the second fraction, then multiply it by the first fraction. To multiply fractions, simply multiply across the denominators, and multiply across the numerators to get the resultant fraction. So by inverting the division of fractions we turn it into an easy multiplication of fractions problem.

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Item Type: Professional, Refereed Article mathematics education fractions Education Education systems Teacher education and professional development of educators Education and Training Teaching and curriculum Pedagogy Lewis, RL (Mr Robert Lewis) 108610 2016 Academic Division 2016-04-27 2016-04-28 0

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