# How to Divide Fractions

Math can be scary, but don't give up. Follow these simple steps, and soon you'll be dividing fractions like a pro.

### Instructions

- Step 1:
**Write the problem**Write out the first fraction, a divided-by sign, and the second fraction. This will help you visualize the steps you need to take to divide the fractions. - Step 2:
**Invert the second fraction**Invert the second fraction by flipping it so that the bottom number is at the top. Rewrite the problem with the first fraction multiplied by the second, now inverted, fraction. - TIP: For example, rewrite one-half divided by three-fourths as one-half multiplied by four-thirds.
- Step 3:
**Multiply the top two numbers**Multiply the top two numbers in the fractions to get the top number in your answer, which is known as the numerator. - Step 4:
**Multiply the bottom two numbers**Multiple the bottom two numbers in the fractions to get the bottom number in the answer, which is known as the denominator. - TIP: The result in the example is four-sixths.
- Step 5:
**Reduce the final answer**Reduce the answer by dividing both the numerator and the denominator by the greatest common factor, which is the highest number by which both can be divided. - TIP: In the example, divide the numerator and denominator by two, the greatest common factor. The final answer is two-thirds.
- Step 6:
**Write your answer**Add an equal sign and your final, reduced answer at the end of the original problem. Keep practicing, and soon you may be solving tough math puzzles without even needing a pencil and paper. - FACT: The word fraction comes from the Latin frangere, which means, "to break."

### You Will Need

- A pencil
- A sheet of paper