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Dividing fractions: 2/5 ÷ 7/3

Dividing fractions is a breeze when you follow these simple steps! First, multiply the first fraction by the reciprocal of the second fraction. Then, multiply the numerators and denominators separately. Voila! You've successfully divided two fractions and found your answer. Keep practicing to master this essential math skill. Created by Sal Khan.

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So let's calculate what 2/5 divided by 7/3 is, and I encourage you to pause this video and try to calculate this on your own. Well we just have to remind ourselves that this is going to be the exact same thing as 2 over 5 times the reciprocal of 7/3, which is 3 over 7. And then multiplying two fractions is pretty straightforward. This is just going to be equal to the product of the numerators. So 2 times 3 over the product of the denominators, over 5 times 7-- I'm trying to keep the colors consistent-- which of course is going to be equal to 2 times 3 is equal to 6. And 5 times 7-- I'll do this in a new color, let's see, I haven't used this shade of blue yet-- 5 times 7 of course is equal to 35. So this is equal to 6/35.