# How do you simplify the fraction #18/24#?

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When simplifying a fraction you always would like to find a common number that goes into both the denominator and numerator, so both values can be simplified by that common number. This number has to be the highest value that can fit into both numbers.

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The first thing to recognize is that

So,

From here, you can cancel terms appearing in both the numerator and denominator:

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I will show two methods:

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We can rewrite

Here, the

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Alternatively, this is the more traditional method. We need to divide the numerator and denominator by a common factor. We can divide by

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