Multiply Fractions
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Some word problems are solved using multiplication and division of fractions.  These can be common fractions or mixed numbers.  This page will use multiplication problems.  A link at the bottom of this page will take you to a lesson with division problems!

 

Let's review fractions!
  • common fraction- contains a numerator and denominator and is less than one whole
  • mixed number-contains a whole number and a common fraction and is greater than one whole

 

Do you need to review multiplication rules for common fractions?  If yes, click here!

Let's multiply some common fractions together!
Remember to put all answers in lowest terms!

 

 5  x  3 =
8      4  

5 x 3 = 15
8 x 4 = 32

   2  x 6 =
3     5

2 x 6 = 12 3 = 4
3 x 5 = 15
3 = 5

Now let's examine some word problems which might use fractions.

1. A recipe calls for cup of sugar.  I only want to make a recipe.  How much sugar is needed?
Set up equation:      x
Solve equation:    x =
Label the answer:   ⅜ cup

 

2. John is halfway ()  around a quarter ()  mile track.  How far has he run so far?
Set up equation:      x =
Solve equation:    x = ⅛
Label the answer:   ⅛ mile

 

Do you need to review multiplication rules for mixed numbers?  If yes, click here!

 

Let's do some together!!
Remember to put all answers in lowest terms!

 

Now let's examine some word problems which  use mixed numbers!

1.  A father weighed 2 times more than his son.  If the son weighs 60 pounds, about how much does the father weigh?

Set up equation: 

 

Solve equation:

 

 

Label the answer:

 

about 136 pounds

 

2.  The band was selling candy for a fundraiser.  Jennifer bought 2 pounds of candy and ate of it.  How many pounds did she eat?

 

Set up problem:

Solve equation:

Label the answer:

pounds

Let's Practice

 
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