Help with multiplying fractions

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Multiplying fractions is relatively straightforward. These are the steps:

  • multiply the numerators
  • multiply the denominators
  • reduce the fraction to its simplest form

These three steps are illustrated below:

example showing how to multiply fractions

worksheet generator iconHave a look at the fraction worksheet generator. It provides limitless multiplying fraction questions including with whole numbers and with mixed numbers.

Common error when multiplying fractions by a whole number

The example below shows an error that is made by students when the multiplication involves a whole number.

common error example with fraction multiplied incorrectly by a whole number

Multiplying the numerator and denominator by the same number is the same as multiplying the fraction by 1.

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