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.

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