# Basic Math & Pre-Algebra

**Discipline:** Mathematics

**Type of Paper:** Creative writing

**Academic Level:** High school

**Paper Format:** APA

**Pages:**1

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Question

## Multiplying Fractions and Mixed Numbers

To multiply fractions, simply multiply the numerators; then multiply the denominators. Simplify to lowest terms if possible.

Multiply .

This answer had to be simplified because it wasn't in lowest terms.

When multiplying fractions, you can *cancel* (do early simplifying) first, which eliminates the need to simplify your answer later. To cancel, find a number that divides evenly into one numerator and one denominator. In Example , 2 will divide evenly into 2 in the numerator (it goes in one time) and 12 in the denominator (it goes in six times). Thus,

Whole numbers can also be written as fractions , so the problem is worked by changing 3 to .

Multiply .

Multiply .

**Remember:** You may cancel only when *multiplying* fractions.

To multiply mixed numbers, first change any mixed number to an improper fraction. Then multiply the numerators together and the denominators together, as shown in Example .

Multiply .

Multiply .