Multiplying Simple Fractions: Problem 6

Rule 11: To multiply two simple fractions, complete the following steps.

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 6: Multiply tex2html_wrap_inline44 and reduce the answer.

Answer. Multiply the numerators and multiply the denominators, but leave them in factored form tex2html_wrap_inline46 . Then reduce the answer by factoring the numerator and the denominator and locate the fraction within the mix that has(have) a value of 1.

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The answer to the problem is tex2html_wrap_inline50 .

You can check the answer with your calculator. Calculate 3 divided by 6 and 10 divided by 5 and multiply the answers. If the answer is 1, you have successfully worked this problem.

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