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Find the relation between the fractions [#permalink]
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Question Stats: 86% (00:11) correct 13% (00:12) wrong based on 37 sessions
 Quantity A Quantity B $$\frac{3^{-1}}{4^{-1}}$$ $$\frac{4}{3}$$

A)The quantity in Column A is greater.
B)The quantity in Column B is greater.
C)The two quantities are equal.
D)The relationship cannot be determined from the information given.

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Solution

We are asked to compare $$\frac{3^-^1}{4^-^1}$$ with $$\frac{4}{3}$$. If a is a nonzero number, then $$a^-^1=\frac{1}{a}$$

Using these rules of exponents, we can see that

$$\frac{3^-^1}{4^-^1}$$= $$\frac{4}{3}$$.
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sandy wrote:
 Quantity A Quantity B $$\frac{3^{-1}}{4^{-1}}$$ $$\frac{4}{3}$$

A)The quantity in Column A is greater.
B)The quantity in Column B is greater.
C)The two quantities are equal.
D)The relationship cannot be determined from the information given.

Two nice rules:
#1: (a^x)/(b^x) = (a/b)^x
#2: (a/b)^(-n) = (b/a)^(n)

Given:
Quantity A: 3^(-1)/4^(-1)
Quantity B: 4/3

Applying rule #1 to Quantity A, we get:
Quantity A: (3/4)^(-1)
Quantity B: 4/3

Applying rule #2 to Quantity A, we get:
Quantity A: (4/3)^(1)
Quantity B: 4/3

Simplify Quantity A:
Quantity A: 4/3
Quantity B: 4/3

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