Are you stumped when it comes to multiplying fractions by whole
numbers? The problem does look a little odd at first, but in one easy
step you can set this up as a simple "multiplying fractions" problem.

Now, let's take a look at a problem where we are asked to multiply a whole by a proper fraction.

Example 1 - Multiplying Fractions by Whole Numbers

In this problem, we will multiply 2/3 by the whole number 5.

That wasn't too bad once you converted the whole number 5 to a
fraction.

Next, we will look at an example where we will multiply a
whole number by two fractions. The process is exactly the same.

We
will first change the whole number 6 to a proper fraction and then
multiply.

Since this example can get messy with so many numbers, I am also
going to simplify within the problem first, so that I don't have to
simplify larger numbers at the end of the problem.

Example 2 - Multiplying 3 Fractions

Still don't understand? Take a look at this example on the video below, and I will explain the process step-by-step.

I hope that you are now more comfortable with multiplying fractions by whole numbers. The next lesson in this fraction series is on Multiplying Mixed Numbers.

If you are working on your homework and need help checking your answers, you can input your problem into this calculator to check your answer!

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