Garland R. answered • 10/19/12

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Dividing a whole number and an improper fraction seems tricky, but it just has one or two more steps than the normal process. First, convert the whole number "9" into a fraction by giving it a denominator of "1". It should look like 9/1. Now that both numbers are convereted into like formats (improper fractions), you should have 9/1 divided by 5/3.

Second, flip 5/3 over into 3/5 - this is the "reciprocal". Now you have 9/1 divided by 3/5. It's just a matter of multiplying across the math sentence. Multiply the numerators (9x3) and the denominators (1 x 5). Your new fraction should be 27/5. This is your answer in the improper fraction format.

You can create other formats depending on the expected answer. For a mixed number, "divide your fraction UP" (27 divided by 5) which gives you 5 and 2/5. This can be further converted into 5.4 if you need your answer in decimal form.

"Good Skill" to you!

RACHEL B.

I like your answer better. I think it is easier to understand.

Rachel B.

10/12/12