Reducing Fractions

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How to find equivalent fractions?
Multiply both numerator and denominator by the same number.

How to find equivalent fractions with a specific denominator?

  1. Find the number you must multiply the original denominator by to get the new denominator.
  2. Multiply the numerator by the same number.

How to reduce or simplify fractions?

  1. Find a number that is a factor of both the numerator and the denominator.
  2. Divide both the numerator and denominator by that number.
  3. Make sure that the fraction is in its simplest form by ensuring that both the numerator and denominator have no more factors in common. If they do, repeat all 3 steps again.

The following diagram shows how to reduce fractions. Scroll down the page for more examples and solutions on reducing or simplifying fractions.

Reduce Fractions

Reducing or Simplifying Fractions
To reduce or simplify a fraction, divide the top and bottom by the highest number that can divide into both numbers exactly.

Equivalent Fractions & Reducing Fractions

Math Basics: Reducing Fractions
Reducing a fraction to its simplest form means changing it to a fraction that has the same value as the original but uses smaller numbers.

Reducing Fractions

Practice Reducing Fractions

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