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Reducing Fractions: Example

**Rule 10:**

To reduce a simple fraction, follow the following three steps:

**1.**
** Factor the numerator.
****2.**
** Factor the denominator.
****3.**
** Find the fraction mix that equals 1.
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**Example:** Reduce the fraction .

**Answer.** Factor the numerator and factor the denominator and look for the fractions in the mix that have a value of 1.

The fraction has been reduced into the equivalent fraction .

Now prove to yourself with your calculator that both fractions are equivalent. When you divided 125 by 50, you will get the same answer as when you divide 5 by 2.

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