# How do you simplify the fraction #3/15#?

##### 1 Answer

Nov 27, 2016

#### Explanation:

We have to find a

#color(blue)"common factor"# which will divide into 3 and 15 and reduce the fraction.This process is referred to as

#color(blue)"cancelling"# The lowest common factor here is

#color(red)(3)#

#rArr3/15=(3÷color(red)(3))/(15÷color(red)(3))=1/5#

#" Usually written as" 3/15=cancel(3)^1/cancel(15)^5=1/5larr" simplest form"# A fraction is in

#color(blue)"simplest form"# when no other factor apart from 1 will divide into the numerator/denominator.