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How is the following expressed mathematically?

An investor owns 30 shares of stock for 3 years. During this time he receives quarterly dividends of $0.60 per share.

Do all of the units cancel except the dollar units?

Is the following correct?

30 shares/quarter X $0.60/share X 3 years X 4 quarters/year = $216.00

I thank you for your reply.

ANSWER: I would take that as (30 shares)(($0.60/quarter)/shares))(3 years)(4 quarters/year).

Now ($0.60/quarter)/shares is really ($0.60/quarter)/(shares/1).
It is known that (a/b)/(c/d) is (ad)/(bc), so that becomes $0.60/(quarters*shares).

Using this, it can be seen that we get shares/shares, years/years, and quarters/quarters.
The only thing left is $, and that is what is being looked for.
Putting the units together gives us 30 * 0.60 * 3 * 4 = 18 * 12 = 216.
Out only unit was $, so it is $216.

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I want to thank you for the reply.

I am confused by all of the parentheses that you used.

Is there a different way to explain (30 shares)(($0.60/quarter)/shares))(3 years)(4 quarters/year)?  I know that the / marks indicate a fraction
but (  )((   ) is confusing to me.

I thank you for your clarification.

Perhaps it would be better to write it as
(30 shares) [($0.60/quarter)/shares)] (3 years) (4 quarters/year).

Then note that [($0.60/quarter)/shares)] is really [($0.60/quarter)/(shares/1)].
On fractions, the one in the divisor is inverted and multiplied, so this is really

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