# Simplifying Fractions

**To simplify a fraction, divide the top and bottom by the highest number that**

can divide into both numbers exactly.

can divide into both numbers exactly.

## Simplifying Fractions

Simplifying (or*reducing*) fractions means to make the fraction as simple as possible. Why say four over eighths (

^{4}/

_{8}) when you really mean half (

^{1}/

_{2}) ?

## How do I Simplify a Fraction ?

Try dividing both the top and bottom of the fraction until you can't go any further (try dividing by 2,3,5,7,... etc).

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