# How do you write the fraction 3/12 in simplest form?

##### 2 Answers
Nov 23, 2016

$= \frac{1}{4}$

#### Explanation:

cancel out any common factors

$\frac{3}{12} = \frac{1 \times 3}{4 \times 3}$

$= \frac{1 \times \cancel{3}}{4 \times \cancel{3}}$

$= \frac{1}{4}$

Apr 25, 2017

$\frac{1}{4}$

#### Explanation:

Look fir the biggest number which divides into both the numerator and the denominator. (This is the HCF)

You have to divide the top and the bottom by the SAME number.

$3 \mathmr{and} 12$ are both multiples of $3$.

$\frac{3 \div 3}{12 \div 3} = \frac{1}{4}$