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Multiplying Fractions

There are 3 simple steps to multiply fractions

1. Multiply the top numbers (the numerators).

2. Multiply the bottom numbers (the denominators).

3. Simplify the fraction.

 

 

Example 1

1 × 2
2 5

Step 1. Multiply the top numbers:

 

1 × 2 = 1 × 2 = 2
2 5    

Step 2. Multiply the bottom numbers:

 

1 × 2 = 1 × 2 = 2
2 5 2 × 5 10

Step 3. Simplify the fraction:
2 = 1
10 5

(If you are unsure of the last step see the equivalent fractions page)

 

Example 2

1 × 9
3 16

Step 1. Multiply the top numbers:

 

1 × 9 = 1 × 9 = 9
3 16    

Step 2. Multiply the bottom numbers:

 

1 × 9 = 1 × 9 = 9
3  16 3 × 16 48

Step 3. Simplify the fraction:
9 3
48 16

Mixed Fractions

You can also read how to multiply fixed fractions