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To Simplify or Not to Simplify...

Published on 06/09/2008

Activity Overview

Students will discuss fractions and what it means to simplify them using prime factorization. Students will then use the calculator to simplify fractions manually as well as investigate both the prime factorization and greatest common factors of the numerator and denominator in various fractions.

Before the Activity

Download the attached document and look over the information on the first page. Distribute the Student Worksheet for use during the activity.

During the Activity

Discuss the material from the activity pages and worksheet with students as needed.

After the Activity

Encourage students to summarize what they have learned from completing the activity.