# How do you simplify the fraction 3/12?

Mar 2, 2018

$\frac{1}{4}$

#### Explanation:

You divide both the numerator an denominator by a common multiple.
In this case you can divide 3 by 3 and 12 by 3 so you get $\frac{1}{4}$

This is the same way that $\frac{5}{10}$ can be simplified to $\frac{1}{2}$ by dividing both 5 and 10 by 5.

Mar 2, 2018

$\frac{1}{4}$

#### Explanation:

Well, you know that the common denominator that easily divisible is 3.
$\frac{3}{12} / \frac{3}{3}$
3 divided by 3 is 1.
12 divided by 3 is 4
So your simplified fraction is $\frac{1}{4}$