To learn division of rational numbers let us recall how to divide a fraction by another fraction. We know division of fractions is the inverse of multiplication.
Similarly, in case of rational number also, division is the inverse of multiplication as defined below:
Division: If m and n two rational numbers such that n ≠ 0, then the result of dividing m by n is the rational number obtained on multiplying m by the reciprocal of n.
When x is divided by y, we write m ÷ n. Thus m ÷ n = m × 1/n.
If w/x and y/z are two rational numbers such that y/z ≠ 0, then
w/x ÷ y/z = w/x × (y/z)^-1 = w/x × z/y
Dividend: The number to be divided is called the dividend.
Divisor: The number which divides the dividend is called the divisor.
Quotient: When dividend is divided by the divisor, the result of the division is called the quotient.
If w/x is divided by y/z, then w/x is the dividend, y/z is the divisor and w/x ÷ y/z = w/x × z/y is the quotient.
Note: It should be noted that division by 0 is not defined.
Examples on division of rational numbers:
1. Divide:
(i) 9/16 by 5/8
(ii) -6/25 by 3/5
(iii) 11/24 by -5/8
(iv) -9/40 by -3/8
Solution:
(i) 9/16 ÷ 5/8
= 9/16 × 8/5
= (9 × 8)/(16 × 5)
= 72/80
= 9/10
(ii) -6/25 ÷ 3/5
= -6/25 × 5/3
= {(-6) × 5}/(25 × 3)
= -30/75
= -2/5
(iii) 11/24 ÷ (-5)/8
= 11/24 × 8/(-5)
= (11 × 8)/{24 × (-5)}
= 88/-120
= -11/15
(iv) -9/40 ÷ (-3)/8
= (-9)/40 × 8/(-3)
= {(-9) × 8}/(40 × (-3))
= -72/-120
= 3/5
2. The product of two numbers is -28/27. If one of the numbers is -4/9, find the other.
Solution:
Let the other number be x.
x × (-4)/9 = -28/27
⇒ x = (-28)/27 ÷ (-4)/9
⇒ x = (-28)/27 × 9/-4
⇒ x = {(-28) × 9}/{27 × (-4)}
⇒ x = -(28 × 9)/-(27 × 4)
⇒ x = (287 × 91 )/(273 × 41 )
⇒ x = 7/3
Hence, the other number is 7/3.
3. Fill in the blanks: 27/16 ÷ (_____) = -15/8
Solution:
Let 27/16 ÷ (a/b) = -15/8.
27/16 × b/a = -15/8
⇒ b/a = -15/8 × 16/27 = -10/9
⇒ a/b = 9/-10 = -9/10
Hence, the missing number is -9/10.
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Equivalent form of Rational Numbers
Rational Number in Different Forms
Properties of Rational Numbers
Lowest form of a Rational Number
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Equality of Rational Numbers using Standard Form
Equality of Rational Numbers with Common Denominator
Equality of Rational Numbers using Cross Multiplication
Comparison of Rational Numbers
Rational Numbers in Ascending Order
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Representation of Rational Numbers on the Number Line
Rational Numbers on the Number Line
Addition of Rational Number with Same Denominator
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Properties of Addition of Rational Numbers
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Subtraction of Rational Numbers
Properties of Subtraction of Rational Numbers
Rational Expressions Involving Addition and Subtraction
Simplify Rational Expressions Involving the Sum or Difference
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Properties of Multiplication of Rational Numbers
Rational Expressions Involving Addition, Subtraction and Multiplication
Reciprocal of a Rational Number
Rational Expressions Involving Division
Properties of Division of Rational Numbers
Rational Numbers between Two Rational Numbers
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