What is five sixths divided by whole number 5?

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baxthum8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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What is `5/6-: 5?`

First, write 5 as an improper fraction, `5/1.`

This yields `5/6-: 5/1`

In order to divide fractions you must multiply by the reciprocal of the second fraction.  The reciprocal of `5/1` is `1/5.`

`5/6* 1/5` Now multply the numerators and the denominators.

`(5* 1)/(6*5)= 5/30` Now simplify the fraction.

`5/30 = 1/6`

The solution is `1/6.`

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malkaam | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Five sixths divided by whole number 5:

`5/6-: 5` 

You can start solving this by writing the above sum in this way:

`5/6 -: 5/1`

Now to change the division sign to multiplication, you need to change the second fraction to it's reciprocal i.e. 5/1 to 1/5,

`5/6 * 1/5`  

Cancel out both fives and then multiply both numerators and both denominators by one another,

`1/6 or 0.17` Answer. 

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