Simplifying Fractions

Definition: This is the process of reducing larger fractions to simpler terms.

Example: Simplify 24/56.

Solution: 

Step 1: Identify the greatest common factor (GCF) of the two numbers. Here it is 8.

Step 2: Divide both numbers by the GCF to simplify. Here the result is 3/7.

OR (If you are unable to identify the GCF)

Step 1: Determine a common factor. For this example, a possibility is 2.

Step 2: Divide both numbers by that common factor. Here we get 12/28.

Step 3: Repeat step 1. Another factor here is 4.

Step 4: Repeat step 2. The result is 3/7.

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