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How to reduce (simplify) to lowest terms ordinary math fraction:

To reduce a fraction, divide both its numerator and denominator by their greatest common factor, GCF.

Result written as a proper or improper fraction, a mixed number or a decimal

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Steps to simplify an ordinary fraction, to reduce it to its lowest terms:

  • 1) Factor both the numerator and the denominator of the fraction into prime factors.
  • 2) Calculate the greatest common factor, GCF (or the greatest common divisor, GCD) of the fraction's numerator and denominator.
  • 3) Divide both the numerator and the denominator of the fraction by the greatest common factor, GCF (GCD).
  • In conclusion: the fraction thus obtained is called a reduced fraction or a fraction simplified to its lowest terms.
  • A fraction reduced to its lowest terms cannot be further reduced and it is called an irreducible fraction.

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Why reducing (simplifying) fractions to lower terms?

  • When running operations with fractions we are often required to bring them to the same denominator, for example when adding, subtracting or comparing.
  • Sometimes both the numerators and the denominators of those fractions are large numbers and doing calculations with such numbers could be difficult.
  • By simplifying (reducing) a fraction, both the numerator and denominator of a fraction are reduced to smaller values. Well, these values are much easier to work with, reducing the overall effort of working with fractions.