How to Multiply Fractions (Mathematics Lesson)
Multiplying FractionsFractions can be multiplied.
Imagine you wanted to multiply 2/5 (two-fifths) with 1/3 (one-third).
How to Multiply Fractions
An Example QuestionWhat is the answer to multiplying the fractions below?
2 × 1 = 2
5 × 3 = 15
Multiplying Fractions Is EasyMultiply the tops together, multiply the bottoms together. Then simplify (if possible):
A Real Example of How to Multiply FractionsThe slider below gives a real example of how to multiply fractions.
Here's a second test on multiplying fractions.
Here's a third test on multiplying fractions.
A Half of a ThirdWhen you see the word "of" following a fraction, it means multiply or ×.
A half of a third means:
It's Easier Than Adding and SubtractingBefore you can add or subtract fractions, you have to make sure the bottom numbers (called the denominators) of both fractions are the same.
When you are multiplying fractions, it doesn't matter if the denominators aren't the same.
Just multiply the top numbers, multiply the bottom numbers, then simplify.