Prealgebra for Two-Year Colleges/Appendix (procedures)/Multiplying fractions

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Multiply the numerators to find the numerator of the result. Multiply the denominators to find the denominators of the result. Then reduce the result. For example,

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We can then reduce

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An easier way to multiply the same fractions is first find the prime factors of the numerators and denominators, then reduce, then multiply.

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