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    Okay, Someone please tell me what am I doing wrong here.

    Multiply:

    Give your answer as a fraction, reduced to lowest terms

    __________.


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    I mean I straight multiply like they told me, I reduced, but for some reason I'm not getting the correct result.


    Look: =4/40

    4 =2(2)

    40= (2) (2) (2) (5)


    I canceled matching number (which is 2) ....

    I don't get it, so what am I doing wrong !!??!?! D :
    Last edited by Rosestar; October 1st 2012 at 06:05 PM.
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    Re: Okay, Someone please tell me what am I doing wrong here.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rosestar View Post
    Multiply:

    Give your answer as a fraction, reduced to lowest terms

    __________.


    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    I mean I straight multiply like they told me, I reduced, but for some reason I'm not getting the correct result.


    Look: =4/40

    4 =2(2)

    40= (2) (2) (2) (5)


    I canceled matching number (which is 2) ....

    I don't get it, so what am I doing wrong !!??!?! D :
    You actually need to cancel 2 twice... (Or rather, since there is a common factor of 4 on the top and bottom, you can cancel off 4).
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