**Rule 11: To multiply two simple fractions, complete the following steps.
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**1.****Multiply the numerators.****2.****Multiply the denominators.****3.****Reduce the results. (See Rule 10)****a.**- Factor the product of the numerators.
**b.**- Factor the product of the denominators.
**c.**- Look for the fractions that have a value of 1.

**Problem 1:** Reduce the fraction .

**Answer.** Rewrite the fraction with the numerator and the denominator factored and then locate the fraction within the mix that has a value of 1.

The fraction can be written as

The fraction is equivalent to the fraction .

You can check the problem with your calculator. Calculate 18 divided by 24 and calculate 3 divided by 4. If you are correct, both answers are the same.

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