Cancel
Pronunciation: /ˈkæn.səl/ Explain
To cancel is to
simplify
an
expression
using sums totaling 0 and
common factors.
Cancellation is the process of canceling.
Example 4: Simplify
Step | Expression | Explanation |
1 | | The fraction 6xy/10x will be simplified using cancellation. |
2 | | Factor the numerator and denominator of the fraction. 6xy=2·3·x·y and 10x=2·5·x. |
3 | | Find the common factors of the numerator and denominator. The common factor is 2x. Use the associative property of multiplication to group the common factors together. |
4 | | Since anything divided by itself is 1, use the substitution property of equality to substitute 1 for 2x/2x. |
5 | | Use the multiplicative property of 1 to eliminate the 1 from the expression. |
6 | | The fraction 6xy/10x can be simplified to 3y/5, assuming x is not 0. |
Table 3 |
References
- McAdams, David E.. All Math Words Dictionary, cancel. 2nd Classroom edition 20150108-4799968. pg 29. Life is a Story Problem LLC. January 8, 2015. Buy the book
Cite this article as:
McAdams, David E. Cancel. 3/1/2019. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/c/cancel.html.
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