**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 5:** Reduce the fraction .

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

The fraction is equivalent to the fraction .

You can check the answer with your calculator. When you divide - 36 by 60, you should get the same answer as when you divide - 3 by 5.

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