So I'm in an Adult Education class for my GED and I'm trying hard to study on my Math which is the only subject I have trouble with. I only have "barely" a 6th grade education to Math so I'm having a lot of trouble totally understanding it all.
I'm trying to learn how to simplify fractions on Khan Academy which is the current task we're learning in the class. I am not getting any of it. I'm trying to answer the question
Simplify to lowest terms. 36/60
I tried to Google the answer to see if I can find an explaination how to do this and found one on Y/A but the question was how to simplify 60/36 instead. I assume it was the same steps.
You're looking to get rid of the common factors, and inspection is probably easiest here.
First try 6 as a factor, so
(60/6) /(36/6) = 10/6
10/6 is even, so divide by 2
(10/2) / (6/2) = 5/3
OK, that's pretty simple, and both sides are prime, so the only thing you could do further is change
5/3 = (3 + 2)/3 = 3/3 + 2/3 = 1 2/3
5/3 or 1 2/3 - take your pick as to the simplest!
I'm still not understanding it.
I understand that:
- Find the number that goes into both 36 and 60
- Multiply the number and count how many times it goes into 36/60
I'm just not sure what to do after that. What is the next step?