# Multiplying and dividing fractions

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• Created by: Olivia
• Created on: 24-04-13 21:48

## ntroduction

When multiplying or dividing fractions, you should always look to see if the fractions can be simplified first. This will reduce the need for large multiplication problems!

To multiply fractions, simply multiply the numerators and denominators together. To divide fractions, multiply the first fraction by the reciprocal of the second.

Remember, the numerator is the top number in a fraction and the denominator is the bottom number.

Unlike when adding or subtracting fractions, you do not need to convert to a common denominator first.

## How to multiply fractions

### Example 1 - Multiplying fractions

Work out 1 4   ×4