Simplify complex fractions by simplifying the numerator and denominator
There are two different methods for simplifying complex fractions.
Simplifying a Complex Fraction: Method 1
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
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.