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$$\frac {\frac {5}{8}} {2\frac{1}{2}}$$

I understand how to divide it by flipping the numbers (reciprocal) and what not. I just don't know what to do with the $2$ next to the division sign.

Help?

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Probably it means $2\frac{1}{2}$ which is $\frac{5}{2}$

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  • $\begingroup$ Oh crap, I didn't even notice that it was a mixed fraction. Thought it might have been something else. Thanks! $\endgroup$ – SS' Sep 8 '11 at 21:21
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    $\begingroup$ Yet another reason to either parenthesize or just use improper fractions... $\endgroup$ – J. M. is a poor mathematician Sep 9 '11 at 1:36
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We have:$$\frac {\frac {5}{8}} {2\frac{1}{2}}$$ We will need to convert the mixed number (a combination of a whole number and a fraction) to an improper fraction:

$\implies $ $$\frac{\frac {5}{8}}{\frac{5}{2}}$$ We'll need to rotate $\frac{5}{2}$.

$\implies $ $\frac{5}{8} * \frac {2}{5} = \frac {1} {4}$

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