# How to Multiply Fractions (Mathematics Lesson)

# Multiplying Fractions

Fractions can be multiplied.Imagine you wanted to multiply

^{2}/

_{5}(two-fifths) with

^{1}/

_{3}(one-third).

# How to Multiply Fractions

#### An Example Question

What is the answer to multiplying the fractions below?Step 1

2 × 1 = 2

Step 2

5 × 3 = 15

Step 3

**Step 1**is the numerator of our answer. The answer from

**Step 2**is the denominator of our answer.

Step 4

# Multiplying Fractions Is Easy

Multiply the tops together, multiply the bottoms together. Then simplify (if possible):# A Real Example of How to Multiply Fractions

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# A Half of a Third

When you see the word "of" following a fraction, it means multiply or ×.A half

**of**a third means:

# It's Easier Than Adding and Subtracting

Before 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.

##### Note

# What Is a Fraction?

A fraction is a part of a whole number.Fractions consist of a numerator and a denominator.

There are three different types of fractions: