To reduce a simple fraction, follow the following three steps:
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 which can also be written as or .
Now prove to yourself with your calculator that both fractions are equivalent. When you divided -42 by 50, you will get the same answer as when you divide -21 by 25.
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Author: Nancy Marcus