Expert Answers info

Kyleigh Macejkovic eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2015

write3,346 answers

starTop subjects are Science, Math, and Business

5/8 divided by 3:

`(5-:8)-:3`

In such a scenario, the...

(The entire section contains 29 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial


rsarvar1a | Student

First of all, it is important to know that when you divide fractions, you just need to flip the second fraction's denominator and numerator around. This process gives you what we call the reciprocal. You then multiply the original first fraction with this new reciprocal.

However, you might think that we can't do this, because 3 has no denominator. As a matter of fact, it does. 3 = 3/1.

So:

5/8 divided by 3/1 is really equal to 5/8 multiplied by 1/3:

5*1 / 8*3 = 5/24.

Therefore, 5/8 divided by 3 is equal to 5/24.

check Approved by eNotes Editorial
brokenarsenal | Student

Q: 5/8 divided by 3

In math you can flip the second denominator and numerator to multiply instead of dividing.

5/8 / 3/1 = 5/8 * 1/3

When multiply fractions you just multiply across.

5* 1 = 5

8 * 3 = 24

A: 5/24

check Approved by eNotes Editorial