Simplifying Fractions

Fractions may have numerators and denominators that are composite numbers (numbers that has more factors than 1 and itself).

How to simplify a fraction:

  • Find a common factor of the numerator and denominator. A common factor is a number that will divide into both numbers evenly. Two is a common factor of 4 and 14.
  • Divide both the numerator and denominator by the common factor.
  • Repeat this process until there are no more common factors.
  • The fraction is simplified when no more common factors exist.

Another method to simplify a fraction

  • Find the Greatest Common Factor (GCF) of the numerator and denominator
  • Divide the numerator and the denominator by the GCF

Simplify the Fraction

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