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Subject: fractional interest in property
Name: Threasa

Please explain how to solve this problem. Someone inherits 1/2 of 1/3 of 1/4 of 1/8 of 8/8 interest in 100 acres of land would equal what. Please show show in detail how to fiqure this answer. I will be working with a lot of fractional interest.

Hi Threasa.

This is done simply using multiplication:


When you take a fraction of a fraction, you just multiply the fractions together.

(By the way, it isn't necessary to include the 8/8 fraction, since that reduces to 1 anyway.)

Hope this helps,
Stephen La Rocque.

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