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# Does the denominator change when multiplying?

## Does the denominator change when multiplying?

You will notice that your problem has unlike denominators, meaning the bottom numbers are different from each other. Although this is important when adding or subtracting fractions, it is not a problem when multiplying. This is the denominator for your answer. Step 4: Put your answer together: 1/6.

What are the rules in multiplying fractions?

There are 3 simple steps to multiply fractions

• Multiply the top numbers (the numerators).
• Multiply the bottom numbers (the denominators).
• Simplify the fraction if needed.

Can you multiply fractions without denominators?

We then learned that multiplying fractions with like denominators is as easy as 1 – 2 – 3! Multiply the numerators. Simplify (remembering that to simplify means to make the fraction into the smallest numbers possible by finding the largest number that can divide both the numerator and denominator).

### When should you cross multiply?

Cross multiply only when you need to determine if one fraction is greater than another, or if you are trying to find a missing numerator or denominator in equivalent fractions.

Can you multiply fractions straight across?

To multiply fractions together, you just multiply straight across. Then multiply the denominators together. Last, simplify your answer if necessary.

Does the denominator have to be the same while multiplying?

When you add or subtract two fractions, both fractions must have the same denominators. But for multiplying or dividing fractions, the denominators don’t matter at all. When you multiply, you simply work straight across the fraction, multiplying all the numerators together and then all the denominators together.

## Do you divide the denominator by the numerator?

Numerator and denominator also signify division. A fraction is equal to its numerator divided by its denominator. Usually, doing this division will produce a decimal. For example, 1/4 is equal to 0.25. This also means that a fraction like 4/4, which has the same number as the numerator and denominator, is equal to 1.

How do you subtract Unlike denominators?

When adding or subtracting fractions with unlike denominators. Step 1: Find the lowest common denominator. Step 2: Find the equivalent fraction(s). Step 3: Add or subtract the fractions. Step 4: Simplify the answers. (Think of the lowest common denominator as the smallest multiple that they have in common.)

Do you always have to rationalize the denominator?

Technically no. The general reason why it is desirable, is to have a standard form. If for example you look a trig ratios that have radicals, these are given with rationalized denominators, so it makes it easier to recognize these ratios when you rationalize the denominator in your calculations.