# DIVIDING RATIONAL NUMBERS

Dividing rational numbers :

To divide a rational number by another rational number, we have to multiply the dividend by the reciprocal of the divisor.

The rules for the sign of quotient are summarized below.

Let p and q be rational numbers.

## Dividing rational numbers - Examples

Example 1 :

Divide 2/3 by -7/6

Solution :

Step 1 :

Take the reciprocal of the second rational number.

-7/6 ---- reciprocal ----> -6/7

Step 2 :

Multiply the first rational number 2/3 by -6/7

(2/3) x (-6/7)

Step 3 : Simplify

(2/1) x (-2/7)

Step 4 : Multiply

(2/1) x (-2/7)  =  -4/7    Positive times negative equals      negative

Hence, 2/3 ÷ -7/6  =  -4/7

Example 2 :

Divide -2 by 8/3

Solution :

Step 1 :

Take the reciprocal of the second rational number.

8/3 ---- reciprocal ----> 3/8

Step 2 :

Multiply the first rational number 2 by 3/8

(-2) x (3/8)

Step 3 : Simplify

(-1) x (3/4)

Step 4 : Multiply

(-1) x (3/4)  =  -3/4    Positive times negative equals  negative

Hence, -2 ÷ 8/3  =  -3/4

Example 3 :

Divide 9/5 by 3

Solution :

Step 1 :

Take the reciprocal of the second rational number.

---- reciprocal ----> 1/3

Step 2 :

Multiply the first rational number 9/5 by 1/3

(9/5) x (1/3)

Step 3 : Simplify

(3/5) x (1/1)

Step 4 : Multiply

(3/5) x (1/1)  =  3/5    Positive times positive equals   positive

Hence, 9/5 ÷ 3  =  3/5

Example 4 :

A diver needs to descend to a depth of 100 feet below sea level. She wants to do it in 5 equal descents. How far should she travel in each descent ?

Solution :

To find how far she should travel in each descent, we have to divide 100 by 5.

Step 1 :

Take the reciprocal of the divisor 5.

---- reciprocal ----> 1/5

Step 2 :

Multiply 100 by 1/5

(100) x (1/5)

Step 3 : Simplify

(20) x (1/1)

Step 4 : Multiply

(20) x (1/1)  =  20

Hence, she should travel 20 feet in each descent.

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