# Thread: Simplifying Fractions

1. ## Simplifying Fractions

Hi,

This is probably a very easy to answer question but I just don't know the answer. So hopefully that means it is not a silly question

If I have a fraction such as 4/52, how do I go about simplifying it. I know the answer is 1/13 but I don't know how to deduce this.

Can anyone help?

Regards,
TK

2. Originally Posted by tomjkear
Hi,

This is probably a very easy to answer question but I just don't know the answer. So hopefully that means it is not a silly question

If I have a fraction such as 4/52, how do I go about simplifying it. I know the answer is 1/13 but I don't know how to deduce this.

Can anyone help?

Regards,
TK
$\displaystyle \frac4{52} = \frac4{13 \times 4} = \frac1{13}$

3. Originally Posted by Isomorphism
$\displaystyle \frac4{52} = \frac4{13 \times 4} = \frac1{13}$
So simply divide the top and bottom numbers by a number that they are both divisional into?

4. Originally Posted by tomjkear
So simply divide the top and bottom numbers by a number that they are both divisional into?
Hmm... yes