How To Multiply Fractions (??)

The film explains the concept of multiplying fractions using practical examples involving groups of objects. It starts by illustrating how to multiply whole numbers by fractions, emphasizing that the number being multiplied by represents the number of groups of a certain size. For instance, if there are 3 groups of 2 items each, it results in 6 items in total.

The film then progresses to multiplying fractions by fractions, showcasing scenarios like cutting discs to visualize the parts. It introduces a rule for multiplying fractions: multiply the denominators together to get the denominator of the answer, and multiply the numerators together to get the numerator of the answer. This rule simplifies the process and ensures accurate results.

It provides examples of using this rule to multiply fractions, such as 1/3 * 1/2 = 1/6 and 4/5 * 2/3 = 8/15. The film concludes with a real-life scenario involving painting a fence, demonstrating how to apply the rule to solve practical problems involving fractions.

We digitized and uploaded this film from the A/V Geeks 16mm Archive. Email us at if you have questions about the footage and are interested in using it in your project.

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