Multiplication of Rational (Fractional)
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The rule for multiplying
is the same as the rule for multiplying numerical fractions.
the tops (numerators)
multiply the bottoms (denominators).
reduce (cancel) BEFORE you multiply the tops and
than simplifying at the end!)
Multiply and express the
product in simplest form:
can only cancel top with bottom or bottom with top.
is NO canceling bottom with bottom or top with top!
to factor first if possible.
Factor everything that can be factored.
(bottom with top or top with bottom).
tops (numerators) and bottoms (denominators).