How do you multiply a whole number by a fraction?
Whole numbers are all natural numbers including 0
A fraction represents a numerical value, which defines the parts of a whole
Answer: To multiply a whole number by a fraction the whole number is converted into a fraction with denominator 1 and is multiplied by the given fraction
The following steps are performed to multiply a whole number by a fraction:
- Write the whole number in the form of a fraction with denominator 1.
- Multiply the numerators of both the fractions.
- Multiply the denominators of both the fractions.
- Combine them and Simplify the fraction to its lowest form.
Example: Product of 6 and 5/8
Step 1: Represent 6 as a fraction.
6 = 6/1
Step 2: Multiply the numerators of the two fractions.
6 × 5 = 30
Step 3: Multiply the denominators of the two fractions.
1 × 8 = 8
Step 4: Combining them and writing the fraction in its lowest form.
30/8 = 15/4