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Dividing by a Fraction is the Same as Multiplying by its Reciprocal

Illustrative MathematicsVaries

The purpose of this task is to help students understand that when we divide by a fraction, it is the same as multiplying by its reciprocal. By carrying out this work outside of a context, students can focus on numbers and operations. This task builds on the work of 5.NF.B, where students represented many different fractional multiplication and division contexts with diagrams.

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