**Rule 12: To multiply a whole number and a fraction, complete the following steps.
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**1.****Convert the whole number to a fraction. (See Rule 8)****2.****Multiply the numerators.****3.****Multiply the denominators.****4.****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:** 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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