Fractions and MIxed Numbers
MA, Stanford University
Teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area
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To simplify or reduce a fraction, look to divide the top and bottom both by a common factor. If you choose the greatest common factor, then you will arrive at the most simplified form in one step- whereas if you choose a factor that is not the greatest common factor, you can still arrive at the most simplified answer, but you'll need to do more steps. One way to find the greatest common factor between two values is to create factor trees and look for what prime factors they have in common.
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