A CANCELING DEMONSTRATION
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# Cancel Fractions With Circle Models Demonstration

This movie uses circles to demonstrate how to renamed to lowest terms with canceling.

The following equivalent fractions were made from Rename Lowest with Canceling :

When the program starts, you will be shown a fraction in higher terms. In the example above, the first fraction has a numerator of 6 and a denominator of 18. The largest number that divides evenly into both 6 and 18 is 6. Six (6) is the greatest common factor of 6 and 18.

This program illustrates how a line is drawn through the numerator to show division of the numerator by the greatest common factor.

The numerator of the second fraction is 1 because 6 divided by 6 is 1.

Then a line is drawn through the denominator to show division of the denominator by the greatest common factor. The denominator of the second fraction is 3 because 18 divided by 6 is 3.

Written out, the example would look like this:

Canceling is a short-cut way of writing the above example. Writing in lowest terms is also known as simplifying the fraction.