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tion ; dividing each side by bb, in order to find the
bb ” from whence we might readily derive the rule for the addition and subtraction of fractions not reduced to the same denominator.
124. It would be without doubt more simple to have recourse to property (4) in order to reduce to the same denominator the fractions
b 6' but our object is to show, that the principle of equality is sufficient to establish all the doctrine of fractions.
125. We have given the rule for multiplying a fraction by a whole number, which will also answer for the multiplication of a whole number by a fraction.
Now, let us suppose that two fractions are to be multiplied by one another. 126. Let the two equalities be
a=b.v, a'rb'.r'; multiplying one by the other, the two products will be equal; thus
=ro . (17) ,
bb ! Therefore the product of two fractions, is a fruction having for its numerator the product of the питеrators, and for its denominator that of the denominators
127. It now remains to show how a whole number is to be divided by a fraction; and also, how one fraction is to be divided by another. Let, in the first case, the two equalities be
=m; a=b.v; if we divide one by the other, the two quotients will be equal, that is
bo and multiplying both sides by b, in order to have the expression we shall find
> D mb
(18). Therefore to divide a whole number by a fraction, we must multiply the whole number by the reciprocal of the fraction, or which is the same, by the fraction inverted. Let, in the second case, the two equalities be
a=b.v, a'=b'. v'; if the first equality be divided by the second, we shall have
a' b' d' multiplying each side by band dividing by b, for the purpose of obtaining the expression arrive at ab' b'
(19). a'b b a Therefore, to divide one fraction by another, we must multiply the fractional dividend by the reciprocal of the fractional divisor, or which is the same, by the fractional divisor inverted.
127. These properties and rules should still take
place in case that a and b would represent any polynomials whatever.
1 According to the transformation a-d=
demonstrated (Art. 86), we can change a quantity from a fractional form to that of an integral one, and reciprocally. So that, we have =6x5=bxa~*= ba“', b 1
a 6 1 x
In like manner any quantity may be da a2 bod2 transferred from the numerator to the denominator, and reciprocally, by changing the sign of its index: a2 b b bc2
c-may " c"y" a3b2 oraz
128. If the signs of both the numerator and denomi
nator of a fraction be changed, its value will not be altered. ta
-b b Thus,
tb b b c-d d-c Which appears evident from the Division of algebraic quantities having like or unlike signs. Also, if a fraction have the negative sign before it, the value of the fraction will not be altered by making the numerator only negative, or by changing the signs of all its terms.
ctd atd And, in like manner, the value of a fraction, haring a negative sign before it, will not be altered by
making the denominator only negative : Thus,
- b a-b =+
d 129. Note. It nay be observed, that is the numerator be equal to the denominator, the fraction is equal to unity; thus, if a=b, then
b if a is >b, the fraction is greater than unity; and in each of these two cases it is called an improper fraction : But if a is <b, then the fraction is less than unity, and in this case, it is called a proper fraction.
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$ II. Method of finding the Greatest Common Divi
sor of two or more Quantities.
130. The greatest common divisor of two or more quantities, is the greatest quantity which divides each of them exactly. Thus, the greatest common divisor of the quantities 16a'b', 12a2be and 4abc”, is 4ab.
131. If one qnantity measure two others, it will also measure their sum or difference. Let c mea. sure a by the units in m, and b by the units in n, then a=mc, and b=nc; therefore, a+b=metonc= (m+-n), and a--b=mc-nc-(mn); or a+b= ( mn); consequently c measures a-t-h (their sum) by the units in m-t-n, and a—b (their difference) by the units in mano
132. Let a and b be any two members or quantities, whereof a is the greater; and let p= quotient of a divided by b, and c= remainder; 1= quotient of b divided by c, and d= remainder; r=quotient of c divided by d, and the remainder =0; thus,
b) a (p
Then, since in each case the divisor multiplied by the quotient plus
the remainder is equal to the divic) 6 (9 dend; we have qc
c=rd, hence qc=ard (Art. 50);
b=9c+d=qrd+d=(qr+1)d; and d) c (r pb=pqrd+pd=(pqr+p)d (Art.61.); rd
...a=pb+c=pqrd + pd + rd=(pqr
+ptr)d. 0 Hence, since p, q, and r, are whole numbers or inte. gral quantities, d is contained in b as many times as there are units in qr+1, and in a as many times as there are units in par+p+r; consequently the last divisor d is a common measure of a and b; and this is evidently the case, whatever be the length of the operation, provided that it be carried on till the remainder is nothing.
This last divisor d is also the grealest common measure of a and b. For let x be a common measure of a and b; such that a=mx, and b=nx, then pb=pnx ; and c=a-pb
= mx —pna
(m-pn)X, also d=b-qc=nx — (qmx-qpnx) = nx--qma + panx=(n-qm+pan)x ; (because qe=qmxqpnt) therefore æ measures d by the units in n- -qm+pan, and as it also measures a and b, the numbers, or qoantities a, b, and d have a common measure. Now the greatest common measure of d is itself; consequently d is the greatest common measure of a and b.
133. To find the greatest common measure of three numbers, or quantities, a, b, c; let d be the greatest common measure of a and b, and the greatest common measure of d and c; then x is the greatest cominon measure of a, b, and a, b, and d have a common measure ; if d and