When we’re given a pair of fractions to multiply, like , the second fraction tells us how many parts we need to split the first fraction into, and how many of those parts we get to keep.
means that we need to take , split it into equal parts, and keep of those parts:
Visualizing the multiplication helps us understand why a fraction’s size changes when it’s multiplied by another number. But, if we had to draw this out every time we multiply a fraction, we’d probably lose our minds 🤯.
Luckily, there’s a quick and simple process we can use to multiply any set of fractions! 🙌🏿🙌🏻🙌🏼
All we need to do is multiply across the top and multiply across the bottom.
Multiplying Fractions Calculator
Key Steps 🗝 How to Multiply Fractions
Step 1. Make sure both numbers are fractions.
If multiplying a fraction by a whole number, convert the whole number to a fraction by placing it over . Otherwise, move onto Step 2.
Step 2. Multiply across the top.
Step 2. Multiply across the bottom.
Step 4. Simplify (if needed).
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