MULTIPLICATION: Problem 2

Rule 13: To multiply two or more simple fractions, complete the following steps.
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 2:
Multiply tex2html_wrap_inline56 and reduce the answer.

Answer:
The answer is tex2html_wrap_inline58 .

Solution:
Multiply the numerators, multiply the denominators, and keep the product in factored form.

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

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Check:
You can check the answer with your calculator. Calculate tex2html_wrap_inline66 and calculate tex2html_wrap_inline68 . If the answers are the same, it means that tex2html_wrap_inline56 and tex2html_wrap_inline72 are equivalent and you have worked the problem correctly.

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