Equivalent Rational Numbers

We will learn how to find the equivalent rational numbers by multiplication and division.


Equivalent rational numbers by multiplication:

If \(\frac{a}{b}\)  is a rational number and m is a non-zero integer then \(\frac{a  ×  m}{b  ×  m}\) is a rational number equivalent to \(\frac{a}{b}\). 

For example, rational numbers \(\frac{12}{15}\), \(\frac{20}{25}\), \(\frac{-28}{-35}\), \(\frac{-48}{-60}\) are equivalent to the rational number \(\frac{4}{5}\).

We know that if we multiply the numerator and denominator of a fraction by the same positive integer, the value of the fraction does not change.

For example, the fractions \(\frac{3}{7}\) and \(\frac{21}{49}\) are equal because the numerator and the denominator of \(\frac{21}{49}\) can be obtained by multiplying each of the numerator and denominator of \(\frac{3}{7}\) by 7.  

Also, \(\frac{-3}{4}\) = \(\frac{-3  ×  (-1)}{4  ×  (-1)}\) = \(\frac{3}{-4}\), \(\frac{-3}{4}\) = \(\frac{-3  ×  2}{4  ×  2}\) = \(\frac{-6}{8}\), \(\frac{-3}{4}\) = \(\frac{-3  ×  (-2)}{4  ×  (-2)}\) = \(\frac{6}{-8}\) and so on …….

Therefore, \(\frac{-3}{4}\) = \(\frac{-3  ×  (-1)}{4  ×  (-1)}\) = \(\frac{-3  ×  2}{4  ×  2}\) = \(\frac{(-3)  ×  (-2)}{4  ×  (-2)}\) and so on …….

Note: If the denominator of a rational number is a negative integer, then by using the above property, we can make it positive by multiplying its numerator and denominator by -1.

For example, \(\frac{5}{-7}\) = \(\frac{5  ×  (-1)}{(-7)  ×  (-1)}\) = \(\frac{-5}{7}\)


Equivalent rational numbers by division:

If \(\frac{a}{b}\) is a rational number and m is a common divisor of a and b, then \(\frac{a  ÷  m}{b  ÷  m}\) is a rational number equivalent to \(\frac{a}{b}\).

For example, rational numbers \(\frac{-48}{-60}\), \(\frac{-28}{-35}\), \(\frac{20}{25}\), \(\frac{12}{15}\) are equivalent to the rational number \(\frac{4}{5}\).

We know that if we divide the numerator and denominator of a fraction by a common divisor, then the value of the fraction does not change.

For example, \(\frac{48}{64}\) = \(\frac{48  ÷  16}{64  ÷  16}\) = \(\frac{3}{4}\)

Similarly, we have
\(\frac{-75}{100}\) = \(\frac{(-75)   ÷   5}{100  ÷  5}\) = \(\frac{-15}{20}\) = \(\frac{(-15)   ÷   5}{20  ÷  5}\) = \(\frac{-3}{4}\), and
\(\frac{42}{-56}\) = \(\frac{42  ÷  2}{(-56 )  ÷  2}\) = \(\frac{21}{-28}\)  = \(\frac{21  ÷  (-7)}{(-28)  ÷  (-7)}\) = \(\frac{-3}{4}\)


Solved examples:

1. Find the two rational numbers equivalent to \(\frac{3}{7}\).

Solution:

\(\frac{3}{7}\) = \(\frac{3  ×  4}{7  ×  4}\) = \(\frac{12}{28}\) and

\(\frac{3}{7}\) = \(\frac{3  ×  11}{7  ×  11}\) = \(\frac{33}{77}\)

Therefore, the two rational numbers equivalent to \(\frac{3}{7}\) are \(\frac{12}{28}\) and \(\frac{33}{77}\)


2. Determine the smallest equivalent rational number of \(\frac{210}{462}\).

Solution:

\(\frac{210}{462}\) = \(\frac{210  ÷  2}{462  ÷  2}\) = \(\frac{105}{231}\) = \(\frac{105  ÷  3}{231  ÷  3}\) = \(\frac{35}{77}\) = \(\frac{35  ÷  7}{77  ÷  7}\) = \(\frac{5}{11}\)

Therefore, the least equivalent rational number of \(\frac{210}{462}\) is \(\frac{5}{11}\)


3. Write each of the following rational numbers with positive denominator:

                  \(\frac{3}{-7}\), \(\frac{11}{-28}\), \(\frac{-19}{-13}\)

Solution:

In order to express a rational number with positive denominator, we multiply its numerator and denominator by -1.

Therefore,

\(\frac{3}{-7}\) = \(\frac{3  ×  (-1)}{(-7)  ×  (-1)}\) = \(\frac{-3}{7}\),

\(\frac{11}{-28}\) = \(\frac{11  ×  (-1)}{(-28)  ×  (-1)}\) = \(\frac{-11}{28}\),

and \(\frac{-19}{-13}\) = \(\frac{(-19)  ×  (-1)}{(-13)  ×  (-1)}\) = \(\frac{19}{13}\)


4. Express \(\frac{-3}{7}\) as a rational number with numerator:

(i) -15;                 (ii) 21

Solution:  

(i) In order to -3 as a rational number with  numerator -15, we first find a number  which when multiplied by -3 gives -15.

Clearly, such number is (-15) ÷ (-3) = 5
Multiplying the numerator and denominator of \(\frac{-3}{7}\) by 5, we have

\(\frac{-3}{7}\) = \(\frac{(-3) × 5}{7 × 5}\) = \(\frac{-15}{35}\)

Thus, the required rational number is \(\frac{-15}{35}\).


(ii) In order to express \(\frac{-3}{7}\) as a rational number with numerator 21, we first find a number which when multiplied with -3 gives 21. 

Clearly, such a number is 21 ÷ (-3) = -7 

Multiplying the numerator and denominator of \(\frac{-3}{7}\) by (-7), we have

\(\frac{-3}{7}\) = \(\frac{(-3) × (-7)}{7 × (-7)}\) = \(\frac{21}{-49}\)


These are the above examples on equivalent rational numbers.

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