How to Divide Negative Fractions

Fractions are a way to visualize division problems for negative integers.
••• Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images

On the surface, dividing negative fractions can appear to be a daunting task. The division process is actually fairly simple, however, once you are familiar with the mathematical concepts. By remembering a few simple rules, you will be able to divide any negative fraction problem you come across.

    Ignore the negative sign at first and multiply one fraction by the reciprocal of the other. The reciprocal is attained by simply flipping the numerator and the denominator. For example, the reciprocal of 2/5 would be 5/2.

    Simplify the new fraction, reducing it as needed. For example if your multiplication result was 10/2, your answer simplifies to 5.

    Determine whether your result remains negative or becomes positive by looking at the number of negative signs in the problem. An even number of negative signs results in a positive answer and an odd number results in a negative answer.

Related Articles

How to Get a Remainder in Your Calculator
How to Divide Rational Numbers
How to Multiply Fractions With Negative Numbers
How to Divide Negative Numbers
Multiplying Fractions
How to Multiply 3 Fractions
How to Solve Rational Expression Equations
What are the Rules For Multiplying Fractions?
How to Estimate Sum & Differences With Fractions
Rules of Dividing Negative Numbers
How to Cross Multiply
How to Turn Fractions Into Integers
How to Divide Fractions With Ease
How to Multiply and Divide Mixed Fractions
How to Simplify Algebraic Expressions
How to Change 1/4 to a Decimal Form
How to Multiply Fractions by Percentages
How to Find the X Intercept of a Function
How to Convert Pounds Per Square Foot to PSI
How to Factor Negative Numbers

Dont Go!

We Have More Great Sciencing Articles!