**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 5:** Reduce .

**Answer.** The answer is .

**Solution.** There is an odd number of minus signs, so the answer will be negative. Factor the numerator, factor the denominator, and locate the fraction or fractions with a value of 1.

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