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Learn methods for simplify fractions using knowledge of common factors.
- two videos
- two interactive activities
- one worksheet
You can simplify a fraction if the numerator (top number) and denominator (bottom number) can both be divided by the same number.
Six twelfths can be simplified to one half, or 1 over 2 because both numbers are divisible by 6.
6 goes into 6 once and 6 goes into 12 twice.
A method for simplifying fractions
Watch this film to understand how a bar model can be used to simplify a fraction.
Simplifying fractions interactive 2
Now see if you can simplify the fraction in this activity.
There's more to learn
Have a look at these other resources around the BBC and the web.