How do you multiply a whole number and a fraction?
A Fraction can be a portion or section of any quantity out of a whole, where, the whole can be any number, a specific value, or a thing. All fractions consist of a numerator and a denominator. Whole numbers are the set of counting numbers that start from 0.
Answer: We multiply a whole number and a fraction by multiplying the whole number with the numerator of the fraction and write the product obtained as the numerator over the same denominator. Also, reduce it to the simplest form if there's any common factor.
Let us proceed step by step
Let us consider an example of a whole number 5, and a fraction 2/3.
Now we have to multiply both the numbers.
Since 5 is not a fraction, we can write 5 as 5/1. [ Any number divided by 1 is the number itself ]
So, 5 × 2/3 = (5/1) × (2/3) = (5 × 2) / (1 × 3) = 10/3
Here we have used basic rules of multiplication of fractions.