Rule 12: To multiply a whole number and a fraction, complete the following steps.
Problem 1: Multiply .
Answer. Convert the 14 to the simple fraction and rewrite the problem as
Multiply the numerators, multiply the denominators and reduce the resultant fraction
The answer to this problem is .
You can check the answer with your calculator. Calculate 1 divided by 72 and multiply the answer by 14. Now calculate 7 divided by 36. If both answers are the same, you have worked the problem correctly.
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Author: Nancy Marcus