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## Multiplying Fractions

#### Introduction

Multiplying fractions is as simple as multiplying the numerators together, and then multiplying the denominators together. Note: Improper fractions are multiplied in the same way.

#### Terms

Fractions - Fractions are used when using numbers to express parts of whole.

## Lesson

When given two or more fractions to multiply together, we first multiply all the numerators – this becomes the numerator of the answer. We can then multiply the denominators together to get the denominator of the answer. So if we are given $dfrac{1}{5} * dfrac{7}{8}$ the numerators are multiplied ($1*7=7$) and the denominators are multiplied ($5*8 = 40$) giving as $rac{7}{40}$ as the answer.

Here is another example:

$dfrac{2}{3} * dfrac{4}{9} = dfrac{2*4}{3*9} = dfrac{8}{27}$

## Examples

#### Multiplying Fractions (Example #1)

$\dfrac{2}{5} * \dfrac{1}{5}$
$\dfrac{(2 * 1)}{(5 * 5)}$
$\dfrac{2}{25}$

#### Multiplying Fractions (Example #2)

$\dfrac{3}{4} * \dfrac{4}{5}$
$\dfrac{(3 * 4)}{(4 * 5)}$
$\dfrac{(3 * 4^1)}{(4^1 * 5)}$
$\dfrac{3}{5}$

#### Multiplying Fractions (Example #3)

$\dfrac{9}{10} * \dfrac{4}{5}$
$\dfrac{(9 * 4)}{(10 * 5)}$
$\dfrac{(9 * 4^2)}{(10^5 * 5)}$
$\dfrac{18}{25}$

#### Multiplying Fractions (Example #4)

$\dfrac{1}{2} * \dfrac{1}{4}$
$\dfrac{(1 * 1)}{(2 * 4)}$
$\dfrac{1}{8}$