In this lesson, you'll learn the basics of multiplying fractions using visual and symbolic representations. The general rule is to multiply the tops together to get a new top, and the bottoms to get a new bottom. Additionally, you'll learn about the process of canceling, which can help simplify the multiplication process by dividing out any common factors between the numerator and denominator. With practice, you can become proficient in multiplying fractions and save a lot of time.
The very basics of multiplying fractions illustrated visually, in words and with the symbols. An explanation of cancelling.
Questions answered by this video:
How do you multiply fractions?
How can you think of and make sense of multiplying fractions using pictures?
Why is half of a half equal to a quarter?
How do you multiply 2/3 * 4/5?
How do you multiply 5/6 * 3/4?
How can you cancel terms or simplify fractions before multiplying them?
How does cancelling common factors same time when multiplying fractions?
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This is a good introduction to how to multiply fractions and a common technique to save some time when calculating these values. This is a great place to start when learning to multiply fractions.