**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 4:** Reduce the fraction .

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

Although we have reduced the fraction, we have not reduced it completely. So repeat the above steps.

The fraction can be written as

The fraction is equivalent to the fraction .

You can check the answer with your calculator. When you divide 150 by 650, you will get the same answer as when you divide 3 by 13.

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