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1. Divide the Rationals

(i) 3 by 1/2

(ii) 3 by -5/7

(iii) -2/4 by 9/-8

(iv) -5/8 by -11/14

**Solution:**

(i) 3 by 1/2

Take the reciprocal of the second rational number and multiply it with the first rational number

= 3/(1/2)

= 3*2/1

= 6/1

(ii) 3 by -5/7

Take the reciprocal of the second rational number and multiply it with the first rational number

= 3/(-5/7)

= 3*7/-5

= 21/-5

(iii) -2/4 by 9/-8

= -2/4/(9/-8)

Take the reciprocal of the second rational number and multiply it with the first rational number

= -2/4*(-8)/9

= 16/36

= 4/9

(iv) -5/8 by -11/14

= (-5/8)/(-11/14)

Take the reciprocal of the second rational number and multiply it with the first rational number

= -5/8*14/-11

= -70/-88

= 35/44

2. Divide 7/5 by 3?

**Solution:**

= (7/5)/3

Take the reciprocal of the second rational number and multiply it with the first rational number

= 7/5*1/3

= 7/15

3. Divide -3 by 4/3?

**Solution:**

= -3/(4/3)

Take the reciprocal of the second rational number and multiply it with the first rational number

= (-3)*3/4

= -9/4

4. A Diver needs to descent to a depth of 120 feet below sea level. He wants to do it in 10 equal descents. How far he should travel in each descent?

**Solution:**

In order to tell how far he should travel in each descent, we need to divide 120 by 10

Firstly take the reciprocal of the divisor 10

10 reciprocal – 1/10

Multiply 120 by 1/10

= 120*1/10

= 12

Thus, he should travel 12 feet in each descent.

5. Mason made 3/4 of a pound of trail mix and if he puts 1/8 of a pound into each bag, how many bags can the mason fill?

**Solution:**

To find the number of bags we need to divide (3/4)/(1/8)

To divide simply find the reciprocal of the second rational number i.e. 8/1 and then multiply with first rational number

= 3/4*8/1

= 3*8/4*1

= 24/4

= 6

6. Jim bought 10 rolls of paper towel. He got 90 3/5 paper towels in all. How many rolls of paper towels were on each roll?

**Solution:**

To find the number of paper towels was on each roll we need to divide 90 3/5 by 10.

Firstly find the reciprocal of 10 i.e. 1/10

= (90 3/5)*1/10

=(453/5)*1/10

= (453*1)/(5*10)

= 453/50

= 9 3/50

Therefore, 9 3/50 rolls of paper towels were on each roll.

7. Simplify

(i) 4/5 ÷ -7/12

(ii) -4 ÷ (-4/15)

(iii) -12/5 ÷ (-15)

(iv) (-1/8) ÷ (-4/5)

**Solution:**

(i) 4/5 ÷ -7/12

= (4/5)/(-7/12)

= (4/5)*(12/-7)

= 4*12/5*-7

= 48/-35

(ii) -4 ÷ (-4/15)

= -4/(-4/15)

= -4*(15/-4)

= -60/-4

= 15/1

(iii) -12/5 ÷ (-15)

= -12/5/(-15)

= -12/5*1/(-15)

= -12*1/5*(-15)

= -12/-75

= 12/75

(iv) (-1/8) ÷ (-4/5)

= (-1/8)/(-4/5)

= 1/8*5/-4

= 1*5/(8*-4)

= 5/-32

= -5/32

8. Fill in the Blanks

(i) 8/4 ÷ (_____) = -3/2

(ii) (_____) ÷ (-7/5) = 10/19

**Solution:**

Let the number to be found be x

(i) 8/4 ÷ (_____) = -3/2

(8/4)÷x = 3/2

(8/4)/x/1 = 3/2

8/4*1/x = 3/2

8/4x= 3/2

12x= 16

x = 2

The number to be divided is 2.

(ii) (_____) ÷ (-7/5) = 10/19

Consider the number to be found as x

x÷ (-7/5) = 10/19

x/(-7/5) = 10/19

x*(5/-7) = 10/19

x = (10/19)/(5/-7)

= 10/19*(-7/5)

= 10*-7/19*5

= -70/95

= -14/19