**Simplify complex fractions by simplifying the numerator and denominator**

** **There are two different methods for simplifying complex fractions.

**Simplifying a Complex Fraction: Method ****1**

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** Step 1 **Simplify the numerator and denominator separately.

** Step 2 **Divide by multiplying the numerator by the reciprocal of the denominator.

** Step 3 **Simplify the resulting fraction, if possible.

**Simplifying a Complex Fraction: Method 2**

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** Step 1 **Multiply the numerator and denominator of the complex fraction by the least common denominator of the fractions in the numerator and the fractions in the denominator of the complex fraction.

** Step 2 **Simplify the resulting fraction, if possible.