**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.

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

**Answer.** The answer is .

**Solution.** Multiply the numerators and the denominators, but leave them in factored form .

Factor the numerator, factor the denominator, and look for the fractions in the mix that have a value of 1.

Check: You can check the answer with your calculator. Calculate and calculate and . If the answers are the same, it means that and are equivalent and you have worked the problem correctly.

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