Algebraic fractions can be multiplied.
Imagine you wanted to multiply
Please tell us using

^{a}⁄_{b}and^{c}⁄_{d}.## How to Multiply Algebraic Fractions

To multiply algebraic fractions, use the rule:## A Real Example of How to Multiply Algebraic Fractions

## Question

Multiply the algebraic fractions below.## Step-by-Step:

## 1

Compare the fractions you are multiplying with the rule shown above.
By comparing, we see that

**a**= x,**b**= 2,**c**= y,**d**= 3.## 2

Use the rule, with

**a**= x,**b**= 2,**c**= y,**d**= 3:## 3

Calculate the terms in the rule. Where we have written two numbers or letters in brackets together, multiply them together:

(x)(y) = x × y = xy

(2)(3) = 2 × 3 = 6

## Answer:

We have multiplied^{x}⁄_{2}and^{y}⁄_{3}together:## Understanding The Rule

Multiplying fractions requires:- multiplying the numerators together to form the numerator of the product...
- ... and multiplying the denominators together to form the denominator of the product:

**a**,**b**,**c**and**d**are numbers, letters, terms or expressions. Make sure you can:## Top Tip

## Cancelling Terms

When the numerator of one fraction equals the denominator of the other fraction, they cancel each other out: This is how to simplify algebraic fractions.## You might also like...

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