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# How to Simplify a Fraction

Simplifying a fraction involves reducing it to its simplest form by making the numerator and denominator as small as possible while still being whole numbers. Certain fractions can be converted to an

**equivalent fraction**that is in a simpler form, representing the fraction in its lowest possible terms.A simplified or reduced fraction should not have any common factors other than 1 between the numerator and denominator.

For instance, the fractions 3/4 and 6/8 areequivalent fractions, meaning they are equal. However, 3/4 is already in the simplest form since the only common factor between 3 and 4 is 1.(alert-passed)

## Step One: Find the Greatest Common Factor

The initial step in simplifying a fraction is to determine the greatest common factor (GCF) between the numerator and denominator. This GCF will be used in the subsequent step.

The greatest common factor is the largest number that can divide both the numerator and denominator without resulting in decimals.

## Step Two: Divide by the Greatest Common Factor

With the GCF identified, you can now reduce the fraction by dividing both the numerator and denominator by the GCF. The result will be a simplified fraction.

There is also an even simpler method known as a division ladder that can be used to simplify fractions more easily. It involves placing the numerator and denominator side by side and dividing both numbers by their smallest common factor until no further division is possible.

For example, for the fraction is 68, let’s find the factors of 6 and 8.

The factors of 6 are [1,2,3,6].

The factors of 8 are [1,2,4,8].

The largest number common to both is 2; thus, 2 is the greatest common factor.

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## Simplifying and Reducing Improper Fractions

Improper fractions have a numerator larger than the denominator, often exceeding the value of 1. To simplify these fractions, you can divide the numerator by the denominator to obtain a quotient and remainder. The quotient becomes the whole number, and the remainder is used as the numerator with the original denominator.

In addition, you can convert improper fractions into mixed numbers by dividing the numerator by the denominator and expressing the quotient as the whole number part, while using the remainder as the numerator of the new fraction with the original denominator.

## Frequently Asked Questions

**What does it mean to simplify a fraction?**

Simplifying a fraction means expressing it in its simplest form, where the numerator and denominator have no common factors other than 1. The goal is to reduce the fraction to its lowest terms while preserving its value.

**How do you know when a fraction is already in its simplest form?**

A fraction is in its simplest form when the numerator and denominator have no common factors other than 1. This indicates that the greatest common factor (GCF) of the numerator and denominator is 1.

**What is the difference between reducing and simplifying a fraction?**

Although the terms "reducing" and "simplifying" are often used interchangeably, reducing a fraction typically refers to dividing both the numerator and denominator by a common factor to make the fraction smaller. On the other hand, simplifying a fraction typically involves reducing it to its lowest form by dividing both the numerator and denominator by their greatest common factor.

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