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## Multiplying and Dividing Rational Numbers

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**Rational Numbers**• The term Rational Numbers refers to any number that can be written as a fraction. • This includes fractions that are reduced, fractions that can be reduced, mixed numbers, improper fractions, and even integers and whole numbers. • An integer, like 4, can be written as a fraction by putting the number 1 under it.**Multiplying Fractions**• When multiplying fractions, they do NOT need to have a common denominator. • To multiply two (or more) fractions, multiply across, numerator by numerator and denominator by denominator. • If the answer can be simplified, then simplify it. • Example: • Example:**1**1 Simplifying Diagonally • When multiplying fractions, we can simplify the fractions and also simplify diagonally. This isn’t necessary, but it can make the numbers smaller and keep you from simplifying at the end. • From the last slide: • An alternative: You do not have to simplify diagonally, it is just an option. If you are more comfortable, multiply across and simplify at the end.**1**1 Mixed Numbers • To multiply mixed numbers, convert them to improper fractions first.**Sign Rules**• Remember, when multiplying signed numbers... Positive * Positive = Positive. Negative * Negative = Positive. Positive * Negative = Negative.**Try These: Multiply**Multiply the following fractions and mixed numbers:**2**1 2 1 1 3 1 2 1 3 Solutions (alternative): Multiply Note: Problems 1, 2 and 4 could have been simplified before multiplying.**Change Operation.**Flip 2nd Fraction. Dividing Fractions • When dividing fractions, they do NOT need to have a common denominator. • To divide two fractions, change the operation to multiply and take the reciprocal of the second fraction (flip the second fraction). Keep-Change-Change.**Dividing Fractions**• Finish the problem by following the rules for multiplying fractions.**Try These: Divide**• Divide the following fractions & mixed numbers: