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MULTIPLICATION: Example 1

**Rule 13: To multiply three or more simple fractions, complete the following three 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.

**Example 1:** Multiply and reduce the answer.

**Answer.** The answer is .

**Solution.** Multiply the numerators and the denominators, but leave them in factored form . As you can see, the numerator has only 1 factor. Therefore the answer is .

**Note: Another way to work the problem is to multiply the product of the first two fractions by the third fraction.**

Check: You can prove the answer with your calculator. Calculate 1 divided by 2, 1 divided by 3, 1 divided by 4, and and multiply the answers. Now calculate 1 divided by 24. If you are correct, the answers are the same (equivalent) and you have successfully completed the problem.

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