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Definition--Complex Fraction

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# Complex Fraction

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Fractions

## Definition

A complex fraction is a fraction where the numerator, the denominator, or both, contain a fraction themselves.

## Description

Complex fractions are an important concept in the study of fractions and algebra. They appear in various mathematical contexts, particularly when dealing with rational expressions and advanced algebraic operations. Understanding complex fractions is essential for simplifying expressions and solving equations that involve multiple layers of fractions.

To simplify a complex fraction, one typically finds a common denominator for the fractions within the numerator and the denominator, and then combines them into a single fraction. This process often requires a good grasp of basic fraction operations, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions. Simplifying complex fractions can also involve factoring and reducing fractions to their simplest form.

Complex fractions are relevant in real-world applications, such as in engineering, physics, and economics, where they are used to model ratios and rates that involve multiple quantities. Mastering the manipulation of complex fractions allows students and professionals to handle more sophisticated mathematical problems with confidence.

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Common Core Standards | CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.7.NS.A.2, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.7.RP.A.1 |
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Grade Range | 6 - 12 |

Curriculum Nodes |
Arithmetic• Fractions• Fractions and Mixed Numbers |

Copyright Year | 2014 |

Keywords | definition, Complex Fraction |