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## How do you multiply a whole number times a fraction

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Step 1: Put the whole number over 1 to turn it into a fraction. (ex. 5 will become 5/1).

Step 2: Multiply across. Top number by top number (numerator) and bottom number by bottom number (denominator).

Step 3: Simplify your answer by dividing BOTH numerator and denominator by the same number, when applicable.

Example. 5 x 2/15

Step 1: 5 becomes 5/1

Step 2: 5/1 x 2/15 = 10/15

Step 3: 10/15 each can be divided by 5 to get 2/3

Make the whole number into a fraction.

E.g., 3 * 1/7 = (3/1)*(1/7) = 3*1/(1*7)

Basically you wind up multiplying the numerator of the fraction by the whole number.