**Rule 10: To reduce a simple fraction, follow the following three steps:
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**1.****Factor the numerator.****2.****Factor the denominator.****3.****Find the fraction mix that equals 1.**

**Problem 3:** Reduce the fraction .

**Answer.** Rewrite the fraction with the numerator factored and the denominator factored. The fraction can be written as

The fraction has been reduced into the equivalent fraction

You can check the answer with your calculator. When you divide 10 by 50, you will get the same answer as when you divide 1 by 5.

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