How to Multiply Proper Fractions

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Multiply Proper Fractions

A proper fraction means that the fraction is less then 1. Improper fractions are equal to or greater than 1. Another way to describe an proper fraction is that the numerator (top number) is always less than the denominator (bottom number). An improper fraction the numerator is always the same as or more than the denominator.Here are some examples of a proper fractions:1/2, 2/3, 5/6Here are some examples of improper fractions:5/2, 8/5, 7/7This article will show you how to multiply the fraction as well as how to simplify the fraction, if nessacary.

How to Multiply Proper Fractions

Multiply the numerators of the problem. Remember, the numerators are the top numbers of each fraction.

Multiply the denominator of the problem. The denominators were the bottom part of the fraction.

Look at the problem and see if it can be simplified. A simplified fraction is when the numerator can be divided equally into the denominator or if a number can be divided equally into both the numerator and denominator.

How to Multiply Proper Fractions

Look at the denominator and the numerator. Try to divide the denominator by the numerator. If it comes out to be an even number, you have the simplifed the fraction.

If step 1 doesn't work, see if there are any number that both numbers can be divided by evenly.

Do this by writing out the all the numbers that both the numerator and denominator can be divided by evenly.

Once that number is determined, divide both the numerator and denominator by that number. This new factor is the most simplified fraction.