# How do you evaulate 17\times \frac { 1} { 4} ?

Mar 3, 2018

See below.

#### Explanation:

Since this equation has a whole number being multiplied by a fraction, you must first make that whole number into a fraction as well. Let's pretend the number is $2$. $2$ is the same as if you had instead written $\frac{2}{1}$. So, $17$ would be the same thing as if you had written $\frac{17}{1}$. This is because it is saying that $1$ can go into $17$, $17$ times.

The equation you have now is

$\frac{17}{1} \cdot \frac{1}{4}$

Now, to multiply a fraction, you must multiply the numerators by the numerators, and the denominaters by the denominaters.

$\frac{17 \cdot 1}{1 \cdot 4}$

From this, you will get the fraction $\frac{17}{4}$, which is your answer.