Equivalent fractions are a handy way for being able to work with unlike fractions. Because there are thousands and thousands of equivalent fractions that represent the same amount, we need a way of recognising which fractions represent the same amount. Simplifying fractions is the way to do this. This chapter shows how to simplify fractions.

Note: The little squares shown on most of the pages each show different ways of cutting the square into two halves. This is what equivalent fractions are all about: many ways of representing the same quantity. We might choose one square that does not contain so many twists and turns to be the simplest representation of halves. In a sense, that is what simplifying fractions aims to do.

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