## Why do you keep change flip when dividing fractions?

Since 7⁄7 is also equivalent to 1, we can multiply our answer by 7⁄7 in order to get a whole number for our denominator. Believe it or not, this is the same answer we arrive at by inverting and multiplying. So, inverting and multiplying when dividing fractions is actually just a shortcut!

## Why does the Rule turn the second fraction upside down then multiply work for the division of fractions?

Why Turn the Fraction Upside Down? Because dividing is the opposite of multiplying! A fraction says to: multiply by the top number.

## Why does multiplying by the reciprocal work?

In each case, the original number, when multiplied by its reciprocal, equals 1. To create two numbers that multiply together to give an answer of one, the numerator of one is the denominator of the other. You sometimes say one number is the “flip” of the other number: flip to get the reciprocal.

## Why do you flip the inequality sign?

When you multiply both sides by a negative value you make the side that is greater have a “bigger” negative number, which actually means it is now less than the other side! This is why you must flip the sign whenever you multiply by a negative number.

## What is it called when you flip a fraction?

The flipped-over fraction is called the multiplicative inverse or reciprocal.

## Why do fractions get bigger when divided?

Division is about how many times something goes into something else. One goes into a number that number of times. A fraction less than one goes into a (positive) number more than that number of times. Hence dividing by a fraction (less than one) increases the size of a number (whether that number is a fraction or not).

## How do you multiply fractions with different denominators?

Well, when multiplying fractions it doesn’t matter if the denominators are different. You simply just multiply the two denominators to get your answer and the same for the numerators.

## How is dividing by 3 the same as multiplying by 1 3?

Before we can divide, we need to make one more change. We’ll switch the numerator and the denominator of the fraction we’re dividing by: 1/3 in this example. So 1/3 becomes 3 /1.

## Is dividing the same as multiplying?

Multiplication and division are closely related, given that division is the inverse operation of multiplication. When we divide, we look to separate into equal groups, while multiplication involves joining equal groups. If we divide this product by one of the factors, we get the other factor as a result.