# How do you multiply 2/4xx2/4?

Oct 25, 2017

$\frac{1}{4}$

#### Explanation:

The simplest solution is to simply perform the multiplication (numerators x numerators, denominators x denominators).

$\frac{2}{4} \times \frac{2}{4} = \frac{2 \times 2}{4 \times 4} = \frac{4}{16}$

This can be further reduced by division by 4 to get the simplest fractional answer:
$\frac{1}{4}$

Oct 25, 2017

$\frac{2}{4} \times \frac{2}{4} = \frac{1}{4}$

#### Explanation:

When multiplying fractions, multiply the numerators and denominators across. $\frac{a}{b} \times \frac{c}{d} = \frac{a c}{b d} .$

$\frac{2}{4} \times \frac{2}{4}$

$\frac{2 \times 2}{4 \times 4} = \frac{4}{16}$

Reduce $\frac{4}{16}$ by dividing the numerator and denominator by $4$.

$\frac{4 \div 4}{16 \div 4}$

Simplify.

$\frac{1}{4}$

Alternatively, you could reduce the original fractions before multiplying them.

$\frac{2 \div 2}{4 \div 2} \times \frac{2 \div 2}{4 \div 2}$

Simplify.

$\frac{1}{2} \times \frac{1}{2} = \frac{1}{4}$