Dividing Fractions

Dividing fractions is an important part of fractions. However, before moving onto this important subcategory of fractions, it is important that the kid has a clear understanding of fractions. BYJU’S offers various dividing fractions worksheets that your child can use for practice which will make sure that he has a clear understanding of dividing fractions. This practice will help them to solve dividing fractions word problems.

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How to Do Division of Fractions

Division of fractions might sound difficult, but it is quite an easy thing to do. In the case of the division of fractions, the sign of division is converted into multiplication by reversing the second fraction. For example, divide 3/5 ÷ 4/5; you write it as 3/5 * 5/4, which means the result in simplified terms will be 3/4. This happens if both the numbers are in a fraction. Now to make sure that the children have understood the concept of division of fractions, teachers often ask them to divide whole numbers with fractions. Even when it’s asked to divide the whole number with fractions, it is quite easy. All one needs to do is write the whole number in a fraction form and then reverse the second fraction and find the result. For example, if the question reads divide 5 ÷ 3/4, then you can write it as 5/1 ÷ 3/4 = 5/1 * 4/3, which will give 20/3 as a result. If one has a better understanding of fractions, one can easily write the result in mixed fraction form too.

Another question that can be framed from the division of fractions is dividing fractions with decimals. If a question is asked, divide 1.5 ÷ 2/5, then you can write it as 15/10 ÷ 2/5, then reverse the sign and the last fraction, i.e. 15/10 * 5/2, and the answer will be 15/4. You can download the dividing fractions worksheet pdf from our BYJU’S website and give it to your child for practising. These worksheets will help them to clear their understanding and develop a better grip over the concept.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Division of fractions

What is the division of fractions?

Division of fractions means breaking down the given fraction into simplified terms. Like if you want to divide half a chocolate bar into further two equal pieces, so the equation thus formed will be 1/2 ÷ 2, which you can simply and write as 1/2 * 1/2, i.e. 1/4.

Can a decimal be divided by a fraction?

Of course, dividing fractions can take place if both are fractions, if one is in fraction form and the other is a whole number, and if one is in decimal and the other in fraction. One can solve the dividing fractions worksheet from BYJU’S site and solve your doubts.

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