# math to lowest terms

1 2/3 x 2 1/2

To multiply these numbers:

1. Convert each mixed number to an improper fraction, and then multiply the two fractions.

or

2. Convert each of the mixed numbers to its decimal equivalent, and then multiply those numbers.

### Comments for math to lowest terms

 Apr 04, 2011 Multiply Mixed Numbers by: Staff The question: 1 2/3 x 2 1/2 The answer: 1 2/3 x 2 1/2 The easiest way (not the only way) to multiply these mixed numbers is to convert each number to an improper fraction, and then multiply the fractions. Convert 1 2/3 to an improper fraction The numerator will be 1*3+2 = 5 The denominator will be = 3 1 2/3 = 5/3 Convert 2 ½ to an improper fraction The numerator will be 2*2+1 = 5 The denominator will be = 2 2 ½ = 5/2 Multiply the two improper fractions by multiplying the numerators together and the denominators together (5/3)*(5/2) = (5*5)/(3*2) = 25/6 The final answer as an improper fraction is: 25/6 If you wish to convert the fraction 25/6 into a mixed number, just divide 25 by 6 25 ÷ 6 = 4 remainder 1 = 4 1/6 The final answer as a mixed number is: 4 1/6 Check your answer. Use a calculator or use Microsoft Excel The original problem can be entered into Excel as follows: = (1+2/3) * (2+1/2) Excel will compute = 4.166667 The final solution to the problem can be entered into Excel as follows: = 4 + 1/6 Excel will compute = 4.166667 These calculations verify that: (1 2/3) * (2 ½) = 4 1/6 = 4.166667 Thanks for writing. Staff www.solving-math-problems.com

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