# How to Multiply Fractions

Don't let math intimidate you. Whether you're multiplying two fractions or a fraction and a whole number, solve the problem without a calculator in just a few steps.

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#### You Will Need

• Basic understanding of math
• Paper
• Pen or pencil

## Steps

1. Step 1

#### Write the problem

Write the first number or fraction, a multiplication sign, and then the second number or fraction. This will help you visualize the steps you need to take to multiply them.

2. Step 2

#### Know what the numerators and denominators are

Know that the numbers on the top of your fractions are called numerators. The bottom numbers are called denominators.

3. Step 3

#### Convert whole numbers to fractions

Convert whole numbers in your math problem into fractions by making the whole number the numerator and using the number 1 as its denominator.

4. Convert the whole number 7 into the fraction 7 over 1.

5. Step 4

#### Convert mixed numbers to one fraction

Convert mixed numbers to a single fraction by multiplying the whole number by the denominator and then adding it to the numerator. Keep the denominator the same.

6. For example, convert 2 3/4 by multiplying 2 times 4 and adding it to 3. The numerator will be 11 and the denominator will remain 4.

7. Step 5

8. Step 6