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Book edition Student Edition
Author(s) Carter, Cuevas, Day, Holiday, Luchin
Pages 801 pages
ISBN 9780078884801 # Evaluate $\frac{a-b}{c-d}$ for each set of values.$a=-3,b=0,c=3,d=-1$

The value of expression is $-\frac{3}{4}$.

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## Step 1. State the concept used.

• To get rid of a number in addition from one side, subtract the same number from both sides of equal sign.
• To get rid of a number in subtraction from one side, add the same number both sides of equal sign.
• To get rid of a number in multiplication from one side, divide the same number from both sides of equal sign.
• To get rid of a number in division from one side, multiply the same number both sides of equal sign.

• Two numbers with similar sign always get added and the resulting number will carry the similar sign.
• Two numbers with opposite signs always get subtracted and the resulting number will carry the sign of larger number.

Rules of Multiplication/ Division:

• The product/quotient of two similar sign numbers is always positive.
• The product/quotient of two numbers with opposite signs is always negative.

## Step 2. Substitute the values.

In order to calculate $\frac{a-b}{c-d}$, substitute $-3$ for a, 0 for b, 3 for c and $-1$ for d.

$\frac{a-b}{c-d}=\frac{-3-0}{3-\left(-1\right)}$

## Step 3. Simplify the expression.

Evaluate the expression in numerator and denominator.

$\begin{array}{c}\frac{a-b}{c-d}=\frac{-3-0}{3-\left(-1\right)}\\ =\frac{-3}{3+1}\\ =-\frac{3}{4}\end{array}$

Thus, the solution of the expression is $-\frac{3}{4}$. ### Want to see more solutions like these? 