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Reducing fractions and lower math?

  1. May 28, 2013 #1
    I realized that some of my problem with Algebra is also that I don't often check to see if a fraction is reduced to its simplest form, and as a general rule, should I? For example: 4/8 = 1/2, I will write the answer as 4/8, and leave it at that. If I am unsure, should I just do it?
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  3. May 29, 2013 #2


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    The simplest form is always preferred.
  4. May 29, 2013 #3

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    As a general rule - yes you should.
    However - you should leave the form you got there too.
    It would be a pain to get the right answer only to mess up the simplification.
  5. May 29, 2013 #4
    Sum up your last answer as follows, 4/8=1/2. If you do all simplifications this way, you can't go wrong.
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