# Multiplying Fractions

Multiplying fractions
is not NEARLY as hard as adding or subtracting them! In fact, if you know your times
tables, you will be fine. In order to
multiply
fractions, you do NOT need
common denominators
! You simply set up the multiplication problem, like
this:

Then you multiply straight across, so the numerators get multiplied together, and
the denominators get multiplied together. In this case, you would be multiplying
1 x 1 (the numerators) and 2 x 4 (the denominators). When complete, it will look
like this:

Once you get your answer, make sure it is reduced (if you can reduce it, do so;
if not, leave it the way it is). Then, you’re done!

Let’s try another one:

Remember, multiply straight across; the numerators get multiplied and the denominators
get multiplied.

3 x 2 = 6 (numerators), 4 x 5 = 20 (denominators).

Your complete problem would look like this:

Now, check your answer. Can you reduce it? Yes, you can! Here’s what the reducing
would look like: