# Multiplying Similar and Dissimilar Fractions

by Mustard
(Philippines)

Problem:

Jane has 1/6 of marbles in her hand from her bag of marbles. She wants to share it with her 3 friends, but she wants the same amount as the amount in her hand to be given to each friend. How many more marbles does she need?

Equation:
1/6 x 3 = N

Step 1:
One of the fractions is a whole number, so what you need to do, is to make its denominator 1 so, the fraction is now 3/1. An improper fraction.

1/6 x 3/1 = N

Step 2:
Multiply numerator to numerator, and denominator to denominator.

1 x 3 = 3
6 x 1 = 6

3/6

Step 2:
Simplify the product.

3/6 = 1/2

So, Jane needs 1/2 more marbles from her bag to give to her friends.

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