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Fractions look tricky to work with but multiplying them can be quite easy and fun. Plus, knowing how to multiply fractions is also important for learning how to divide fractions.

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## Here are four basic steps:

- Make sure the fractions are written and lined up properly.
- Multiply the numerators (the top numbers).
- Multiply the denominators (the bottom numbers).
- Simplify the product (resulting fraction) if necessary.

In one sentence, multiplying fractions is simply “multiplying the tops and multiplying the bottoms”.

## Multiplying fraction with a whole number:

- Make the whole number a fraction by using 1 as its denominator or thinking or it as the top number.
- Multiply the tops and multiply the bottoms.

## Multiplying mixed fractions:

1. Convert the mixed fraction to improper fraction.

- Multiply the whole number by the denominator.
- Add the answer to the numerator.
- Write the result as the new numerator.

2. Multiply the fractions.

3. Convert back to mixed fractions.

- Divide the numerator by the denominator.
- Write the whole number at the side.
- Write the remainder as the numerator above the denominator.

The basic multiplication of fractions is a breeze but mixed numbers and whole numbers can take a little bit of practice to master. Following the steps above can help in easing the confusion that come with multiplication and with fractions.

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